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Leicester Waterside - Update and Plans

26th June 2018

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - to be added to the reserve list please email

Leicester waterside is a hidden gem. The area is located to the north west of the city centre between the A6 and Rally Park and contains the River Soar and Grand Union Canal.

These waterways have been an underused and often under–appreciated asset, cut off from the rest of the city by historical industrial development, some of this area suffers from high levels of vacancy and dereliction. The poor appearance and lack of investment in sites in this area makes a poor ‘front door’ for visitors to our city. But not anymore!

At this event David Beale from Leicester City Council will talk about the regeneration of the Waterside and the opportunity to turn the area around, bring in new investment and create a vibrant and thriving neighbourhood with new homes and new workspaces.

In 2017 Leicester City Council received £25 million of funding over five years to help kick-start development and as is clearly visible work has not commenced on some of these developments.

Keepmoat Homes will give details of an 18-acre brownfield site in Leicester’s Waterside area that they are developing into a new neighbourhood of homes, shops and workplaces. Alongside 302 new city centre homes, Keepmoat will deliver 67,500 square feet of office space, a 5,000 square foot retail unit and a park area.

And Charles Street Buildings will talk about the first phase of their development to include two hotels and an office block on the former Stibbe site, renovation of the former Leicester Central station, the creation of a large open public area and a super crossing of Vaughan Way to reunite the site with the city centre.


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Tour of De Montfort University Vijay Patel Building and Castle Business School

28th February 2017

Join us for a tour and presentation about the latest developments that have recently been completed at De Montfort University.

The DMU campus is now one of the finest in the country. Over the last few years they have invested £136 million to make it the very definition of a modern, 21st century place to study.

Located right in the heart of Leicester, DMU is a blend of the historic and the new, respecting the tradition of the area and its buildings while at the same time creating a new legacy of their own.

At the heart of it is the stunning new £55m Vijay Patel Building, which houses the art and design courses in a building as creative as the students who study there. The building was opened to students in August 2016 and also houses a new Gallery and the new Food Hall and Riverside Café. Surrounding the building is the newly-formed landscaping creating a “Green Lung” in the heart of the campus which merges into the recently completed landscaped Mill Lane. A giant LED screen overlooks the landscape area, showcasing live events to the university staff and students.

DMU has also spent £4.2 million restoring Leicester Castle, located right on the edge of the campus, giving new life to this historic gem and making it the base of the Leicester Castle Business School. The building opened at the end of January demonstrating the University’s ethos of being a “public good” and giving something back to the city.

There will be a short presentation about these developments by the Estates Team from the University and then a tour of the Vijay Patel Building and Castle Business School. This will give ample opportunity for questions to be asked about the developments with further networking for members at the end of the tour.


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