I’m going to be honest here – the main reason for choosing this building was that it began with a letter Q. It’s the Queens Building, De Montfort University’s engineering building in Mill Lane. For many years I worked for DMU (though in a different building) and didn’t take a lot of notice of it but going back to take my photographs I think it might be starting to grow on me. Completed in 1993, the design set out to be Europe’s largest naturally ventilated building. It was formally opened by the Queen who gave her name to the building. I remember we all turned out to give her a wave.
The bronze statue is of Professor Kenneth Barker. When Leicester Polytechnic was granted university status in 1992 he became the first vice chancellor of the newly created De Montfort University. The sculptor was Sean Henry and it was unveiled in 1999.