Faithful+Gould Win King Richard III Visitor Centre Commission

Ashleigh McQueen
Following the discovery of the remains of King Richard III last year, Leicester City Council has commissioned Faithful+Gould to provide project management services for the development of a new visitor centre entitled 'Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery'.

The visitor centre will guide people through the story of King Richard’s life, brutal death and Bosworth field in 1485, and the story of his discovery. Leicester City Council confirmed that the current temporary exhibition had so far, in the four months since it opened, attracted nearly 90,000 visitors from around the world.

It is envisaged that the centre will make a significant contribution to economic and social regeneration in Leicester...

It is envisaged that the centre will make a significant contribution to economic and social regeneration in Leicester, supporting a range of wider place-marketing initiatives. The new exhibition, which is due to open in March 2014, is expected to attract 100,000 visitors and bring in £4.5m in its first year.

The £4m project will transform the 150 year old former Leicester Grammar School building at St Martin’s Place both internally and externally, to create two floors of exhibition space and a new covered area allowing visitors access to the grave in which King Richard’s remains were discovered. In addition to this, designs include a new courtyard garden, glass entrance hall, viewing balcony, cafe and visitor entry from Peacock Lane.

This is a significant project for Leicester City Council both locally and nationally.

Sally Lewis, Faithful+Gould's Regional Director

Work is due to start in August after some preliminary archaeological work at the site which is believed to be the altar area of the old Greyfriars Church buried beneath the site. The centre will then open in time for the planned reinterment of King Richard’s remains at Leicester Cathedral in May 2014.

Sally Lewis, regional director, commented, "This is a significant project for Leicester City Council both locally and nationally. It is fantastic that we have been successful in securing this opportunity, which is a reflection of our collaborative bid approach and we are excited to be involved with such a significant project."