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Leicester mixed-use development plans submitted

Leicester mixed-use development plans submitted

A planning application has been submitted for a major mixed-use project that would revamp part of Leicester city centre.

The site of the old Grand Central Station and Stibbe factory is set to be transformed with a construction project that will include a new office block with 43,000 sq ft of working space. In addition, there will be a 152-bed Novotel and a 100-bed Adagio ‘aparthotel’. The old station will be revamped, with a new glass frontage and canopy. 

A public open space will be created outside the front of the development, with a pedestrianised walkway connecting the site with the rest of the city centre.

The proposal has been devised by architects Stephen George and Partners. Partner at the firm John Morfey said the new scheme would fit in well with new developments that have revived other parts of the city centre. 

He explained: "The station and Stibbe sites represent an important part of the jigsaw.

"Having lain neglected for so long, the masterplan which we have designed with the landowner - Charles Street Buildings - breathes new life into the area with new buildings and a public space which will add to Leicester's developing sequence of squares."

Leicester has enjoyed a raised profile in recent years due to unexpected developments, including the discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a car park and Leicester City's Premier League title triumph. 

The creation of a Richard III visitor centre and the re-interring of the Plantagenet monarch in the city's cathedral, combined with the raised profile of the football club, has increased tourist numbers. If the trend continues, the construction of more hotels may be on the way.

Recent tourism figures have shown over a million more visitors came to Leicestershire in 2016 than in 2015. 

Leicester's mayor Peter Soulsby told the Business Desk: "The data from 2016 reflects the ongoing appeal of attractions such as the National Space Centre and the King Richard III Visitor Centre, but our visitor numbers were also boosted by Leicester City's phenomenal year."

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