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A site assembly of three acres of former railway sidings along Upperton Road and a former wagon repair shed (for the Great Central Railway) have been regenerated into a mix of student accommodation, retail and leisure uses.
Within the new build element of the scheme, 536 student bedrooms were constructed incorporating a 20,000 sq ft Lidl store on the ground floor and 110 car parking spaces.
The Great Central Wagon Repair Shed was sympathetically restored incorporating a new first floor level with gym, offices and student communal facilities with 10,000 sq ft of retail and leisure uses on the ground floor.
The £31m scheme has successfully regenerated an area of redundant railway land along a prominent arterial road, providing a boost for the local economy.
The project provides a high quality mixed use development in the city, breathing new life into redundant Victorian buildings which were on the City Council’s ‘locally listed’ register as part of Leicester’s industrial heritage.
The development has improved the outlook of the area and rejuvenated not just the site but also freed up terraced housing in the area, formerly occupied by students, and given those homes back to the community for family housing.
There were over 1,200 construction tradesmen and women working on the site over the life of the development, which was completed in three phases.
This regeneration has also brought the local heritage asset – the Great Central Wagon Repair Shed – back from decline and safeguards it for the future.
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