University of Leicester eBulletin

Enhanced Facilities for Leading Chemistry Department

June 2003
No 167

The University of Leicester has opened the newly refurbished Chemistry Department, which includes state of the art laboratories, write-up areas, offices and facilities for people with disabilities such as a new lift, ramps, toilets and automatic doors.

The George Porter Building, which houses the department, has been renovated to incorporate all scientific research work by students in addition to its existing resources which have been greatly improved.

Work was completed by the main contractor, Phoenix Contracts, shortly before Easter 2003.

Funding for this project has been partly provided by the Higher Education Funding Council, England, (HEFCE) through the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF). The initial budget of £3 million was increased to take account of the facilities for people with disabilitie

Previously the Chemistry Department had been spread between two buildings, both of which have been refurbished. The George Porter Building will now house the Chemistry Department and the former Chemistry Research Building will become home to the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the start of the new academic year.

The University of Leicester Chemistry Department has been consistently highly rated in university guides, and was ranked number 13 in the UK in The Times Good University Guide of 2002.  

Head of Department Professor Eric Hope commented: “We are delighted with the state-of-the-art facilities that the renovation has provided, as it will allow us to deliver internationally competitive research and high quality teaching in one unified building.”

The refurbished George Porter Building was formally opened on Friday, June 27 by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess. Guests included all those involved in the project, including the contractor, design team, project implementation team, University of Leicester Estates Office and Chemistry Department.

The project is part of a £300 million development plan launched by the University of Leicester, to be implemented over the next 30 years. 


Further details on the refurbishment of the George Porter Building are available from Paul Goffin, Deputy Director of Estates, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2507, fax 0116 223 1333, email

For more information on the work of the Chemistry Department contact Professor Eric Hope, Head of Department, telephone 0116 252 2108, fax 0116 252 3789, email

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