De Montfort University, Leicester

Situated in Leicester, De Montfort University is home to over 25,000 full and part-time students. Offering a range of different courses, the university is a diverse and supportive learning community dedicated to helping students achieve the life, career and great experiences they require.

It is a TEF Gold-awarded university – the highest teaching standard possible in UK higher education. The award shows DMU offer great support with students’ degrees, work experience, and with life outside the classroom. DMU offers an excellent environment with great facilities that enhance learning and employability, the campus was transformed to meet students’ needs.

The university runs DMU Works, an exciting careers programme to help students become work-ready through training, coaching and professional development. DMU Works aims to help students succeed in a competitive world and guarantees students professional work experience opportunities from getting business insights to placement and networking opportunities. These are designed to help students become professional, adaptable and business-aware Dextra Lighting has been a long-standing supplier to the university, working on several installation projects in the past.

The latest investment by the university focused on LED upgrades as part of an overall plan to manage and reduce energy costs and to support the university’s Carbon Management Plan. All rooms needed to be upgraded whilst still occupied by students and staff in the Clephan, Hawthorn and Queen’s buildings.

Dextra was selected for the project, as the best value proposal in competition with other suppliers. This was due to Dextra’s ability to work closely with the electrical contractor completing the installation, coordinating deliveries products selected across the three building projects as well as recycling service for the existing fittings.

“I am pleased that this project is progressing extremely well with the replacement of lighting being completed in Hawthorn (completed August 2020) and advanced in Clephan (due to be completed in February 2021). The programme for each building has progressed quicker than planned despite the project being delivered within a pandemic. As a result, the university is also looking to bring forward the commencement of the replacement lighting in Queens by 6 months. The installation of Dextra fittings has improved the lighting levels and enhanced the teaching and learning environment for our students. When the project is completed in all three buildings there will be energy savings of approximately £85,000 per annum, CO2 savings of 150 tonnes per year and in addition reduced ongoing maintenance costs. The project forms part of the university Carbon Plan and our target of achieving net zero carbon by 2032.”
Jim Bowditch – Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities.