Home to the schools of architecture, art, design and fashion, the completion of the Vijay Patel Building at De Montfort University is part of a critical phase in the university’s longterm master plan to re-connect to the city centre by creating a series of linked spaces and buildings.

The extraordinary 27,000m2 building was designed by CPMG Architects Limited, and has gone on to scoop multiple design awards such as: the LABC Award – Best Educational Building; the ProCon Award – Large Non-Residential Building; and the RIBA East Midlands Award 2018.

The faculty vision was to create a development that would impress stakeholders and competitors with its ingenuity and elegant design. The new facilities are to play a key role in the recruitment of staff and students by celebrating the area’s industrial and craft heritage as well as its cutting-edge digital future.

At the heart of the building, in the design atrium, floor tiles from Solus’ Monolith range take centre stage. A concrete inspired series, the Monolith tiles were featured throughout the stunning atrium, art gallery, circulation walkways and reception area.

Large format 1200x1200mm tiles were used, helping to create a raw, open and limitless feel, reflecting the artistic materials that the students would be using in their projects.

The design team also experimented with an innovative floor design, using various complementary shades and bespoke water jet cut tiles to create an artistic and inspiring reception area.

Anna Amin, Senior Interior Designer and Group Leader at CPMG Architects Limited, said of the project: “We selected Solus’ Monolith tiles as they encompassed the feel of raw materials and brought an industrial feel to the building, which was exactly what we were looking for. We chose these tiles not only for the aesthetic qualities, but also because they met the client’s needs with the range’s non-slip and durable qualities.”