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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2015

Project Detail

Code, Upperton Road

Regeneration Project of the Year Award 2015 Finalist

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.

Project Overview

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.


    Entered by

    Code Students

    Parties involved

    Winvic Build
    MDA Consulting
    PRP Consulting


    Contract Value

    £31 million


    Completion Date

    December 2014


    Scheme Location

    Upperton Road
    LE3 0AD

    (view on Google Maps)

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