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

Elizabeth House.

When arriving in Leicester by train. You are immediately greeted by the 1970’s high rise, Elizabeth house, whilst exiting from London Road Station.

The tower which keeps an overwatch of the Victorian train station was completed in 1979. It was designed by architect John Middleton. The tower that was built near the end of the Brutalist movement is 16 floors high above the ground level (which is 45.5 metres) and is typical of the architecture with its concrete grey, geometric design.

Elizabeth tower has become a bit of an eyesore for the city, not much to do with the design but the anti-social behaviour associated with it. In 2019 the council evicted its tenants and shut down the building due to the manufacture and distribution of class “A” drugs in the flats. Also, sex workers were seen using the building regularly.

Elizabeth tower is built next to St. Georges Tower, which is now famous for its blue and colourful cladding (which is surprisingly seen as an eyesore by locals). Before the St. Georges tower was clad it also shown a brutalist flair.

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By Isaac Hartshorn

Isaac Hartshorn 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.


  1. We are John Middleton’s sons. I think our dad was particularly interested in providing social housing which is why he mainly worked with housing associations, in particular de Montfort, although he did use the proceeds from Elizabeth House to build a swimming pool in the back garden. There are a few of his other housing schemes around Leicestershire, e.g. Bennion Rd, Anstey, Enderby. We have the original plan in one of our crumbling sheds.

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