Diamond-tipped by Thomas Pearson
This book describes a £19.5m project to repair and upgrade one of Britain’s most daring and provocative buildings, the University of Leicester’s Engineering Building (James Stirling & James Gowan, 1959-63, Grade II*). I was the lead designer for the refurbishment, working for Arup, and was commissioned by the university to write about the process.
In Diamond-tipped I explore the nuances of our conservation approach, the intricacies of the design, and the continuing resonance of the building today. It features my own sketches and photographs along with original Stirling & Gowan drawings and images by Simon Kennedy and Quintin Lake.