Are You A Fan Of Leicester’s Brutalist Architecture? Here Are Five Examples To Help You Decide.


Leicester is one of those cities in the UK that mostly goes unnoticed, especially when it comes to its architecture. Over the years, the city’s council, as most modern councils have done, has stripped the city of its identity and history. Often replacing them with extreme modern ideas, some more successful than others.

Just think of the Haymarket. Before its major redevelopment 50 years ago, sat numerous 18th-century inns and hotels that would be the major envy of almost any city. Sadly these were demolished and made way for new megastructures made entirely of concrete. Some people love this kind of no-nonsense architecture, but a lot more hate it.

We explore some of these “modern buildings” that still remain in the city.

What is Brutalist Architecture?

Brutalism, which is also known as Brutalist architecture is a style of design that emerged in the 1950s and had evolved from the modernist art movement. It was also around the same time where a new and exciting building material would work its way to the design tables of up and coming architects. Concrete.

Brutalist buildings are characterised by there gigantic, monolithic futuristic appearance. Normally design with a rigidly geometric style and built with the large scale use of poured concrete.

The design took a decline in the 1970s due to the buildings looking very unwelcoming and inhuman. This caused many of the buildings to be demolished.

Some survived and Leicester has some great examples within her boundary.

Leicester City Council plans produced in 1964 showing how planners hoped the area around the junction of Gallowtree Gate, Church Gate, Humberstone Gate and High Street would look in 30 years

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Thomas is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discuss himself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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