Demolition and rebuilding project takes shape

Fletcher building

By Simran Gill

The demolition of the Fletcher building, on the De Montfort University campus, started in January 2014 and is due for completion in early 2016.

Costing £136 million, housing the faculty of art and design, the new building will have multiple areas for students to learn and socialise, and the Student’s Union relocated here, spread over 6 storeys.

The old Fletcher building was constructed in the 1960’s, and was lacking maintenance and state of modern art.

Umesh Desai, Deputy Director of the Estates and Commercial Services Department, said: ‘The building will have its own identity, it will be a mix of modern and the 60s, bringing a new lease of life, with a feature pod, and a creative and culture centre.’

He claimed: ‘It will change the area, creating lots of green, open public spaces, with the food court relocated, and a new riverside café included.’

The project is eco-friendly, recycling old materials with the tower block being covered with PV solar panels.

Umesh added: ‘The tower block will be refurbished, with a new wing, concrete frame structure and glass.’

The demolition will be carried out using a digger to rupture the concrete into small pieces. Steel and timber will then be removed and put into separate skips.

Health and safety precautions have been introduced for staff and students.

He added: ‘The construction area is segregated, it has solid hoardings and mesh fencing, so students can’t get into the construction area.’

Umesh added: ‘I’m finding this project very rewarding and exciting, as it’s one of the biggest project’s the university has undertaken. It’s quite challenging as lots of issues arise, but it’s something we’ll be proud of in the years to come.’

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Students broadcast live on the the air


Final year Journalism students put their skills in radio to practice by producing and presenting short magazine news content programmes.

The students studying Broadcast Journalism (JOUR3008) had spent a term learning to record interviews, drive studio desks and writing scripts to tell engaging stories to their audience.

They had each produced a short news package for Demon FM, De Montfort University’s community radio station which they used in their magazine show to showcase their work to their group.

Students also got to grips with studio producing the ‘as live’ news show,  presenting ‘as live’ and doing live reporter two ways.

The aim of the radio show, which isn’t assessed, is to give students an insight into the roles within radio production, including those off-air and to see their work from script to on-air as part of a larger team effort.

Students explained they “enjoyed putting their show together and then presenting them”.

You can hear their output by clicking on the files below etc

You can hear their output by clicking on the files below etc

St Patricks Day at O’Neill’s


by Oliver Huxtable

Celebrations are kicking off at O’Neill’s this St Patrick’s Day and promise a day of ‘ceoil agus craic’ – music and fun.

The festivities are expected to draw a huge following.

Steve Thorn, 34, the bar manager, said: “We’re expecting to be at capacity by about half four. Last year we were packed to the rafters.”

The Irish pub based on Loseby Lane is offering a variety of traditional experiences including the Irish sports hurling and the GAA and some live acoustic bands.

“We have an acoustic band at 12 and some Irish dancers we have each year at half one. They’re going to an international Irish dance competition so we’re helping raise some money. These are followed by the local band Swagger.

The event seems likely to draw the drink happy student crowd looking for some entertaining culture. He said “We’ve had a price change recently so prices are now cheaper than some student bars.”

A benefit of the celebration will be to raise some money for Rainbows, the Leicestershire children’s hospice, and charity Sue Ryder who provide hospice and neurological care.

With Leicester being the vastly multicultural city it is, St Patrick’s Day offers another chance for us to celebrate our diversity.

“I don’t think there’s much change at all really, everyone’s happy. Despite it being an Irish day we all get together to celebrate this happy occasion”.

Outside of St Patrick’s Day the pub proves to be just as enticing and regularly features live music and sports “we’re a massive rugby pub”.

To sweeten the deal the pub is also hosting a ‘Pot of Gold’ challenge where anyone who finds a gold coin hidden around the pub will wins a nice purse of £250.

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DMU £42 million Creative and Cultural Centre to be completed in July 2016

Fletcher Complex development

Fletcher Complex development

By Aliyah Loughlan

De Montfort University’s 42 million Creative and Cultural Centre is to be completed for July 2016.

The Fletcher Tower is in refurbishment; other buildings are in development in order to enhance the modern look for DMU. Worldwide contractors Balfour Beatty are working hard to get the project completed in time for the 2015/16 academic year starting.

Builder Matt Major, 24, who is working on the DMU site, said: “There are plans for two main buildings within the site and they’re supposedly going to be used as study rooms.”

The new development plans are set to promote Chinese language and culture for the international students. The progress of the construction site began in August 2014.

Architecture, Art and Interior Design Students have been getting involved and planning the interior construction of the Fletcher Complex. The development of the complex is offering DMU Students the opportunity to apply their skills in project management in order to help within their future career.

DMU wanted to provide a learning environment that is creative and really specified to the artistic students, in order to stimulate new and exciting ideas for up and coming events.

“The progress I’ve seen since working on the site in August 2014 is really good” said Matt. The new development will also become a landmark to the West End of the city, including an outdoor video screen. The 18-month project has given work experience to DMU Students and allowed preparation for work life after graduating.

Visit the DMU Facebook page to view the whole gallery of the Fletcher Complex’s development:

Premier League TV deal leaves fans wondering if the money is spent correctly

King Power Stadium

King Power Stadium

By Mark Sheppard

Football fans are questioning where the money from TV rights is invested and why they rarely see the benefits from such financial rewards.

A new deal that saw Sky and BT Sport secure the rights to broadcast Premier League matches for three seasons is worth a record £5.136 billion.

This has left fans speculating about what the £10.2 million per match is going towards, and whether they will see the benefits of this rather than the players and their agents.

Miren Patel, 19, a Liverpool supporter has said: “Personally I feel that there is too much money in football. It is difficult to see how clubs can justify signing a player for millions of pounds when the government is trying to save money by making cuts in essentials such as education and healthcare.”

Fans would prefer to see the money invested in things that would satisfy them, as opposed to seeing it go towards those who already earn a lot of money at the club.

Mr Patel said: “TV money could help clubs give something back to the fans maybe by reducing ticket prices for certain games or even hosting events like meet and greets.”

Adult season tickets at Leicester City can cost a minimum of £365, but a top Premier League club such as Arsenal will charge fans as much as £2,000 for a season ticket.

This leaves fans feeling concerned they have been pushed to the bottom of the priority list with expensive ticket prices and last minute fixture changes when their team is on TV.

Jaimin Tailor, 19, a Leicester City supporter has said: “With fixture rearrangements I feel there is a clear issue especially when decisions are made relatively late.

“I think the TV money should be redistributed throughout the league more evenly to clubs to ensure that the competition remains a relatively level playing field.”

Clearly there is a case to consider whether the financial rewards from TV rights are being invested in the right way.