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The Friars Mill project saw Leicester City Council purchase, restore and reuse of one of the City’s most important listed buildings. Believed to be the oldest factory building in Leicester, Friars Mill was subject to a serious fire in 2012 which threatened the loss of this part of the City’s heritage.
The project saved the buildings, converting them to a prestigious and unique complex of managed offices in the heart of the City’s Waterside regeneration area. This scheme marks the start of the transformation of Leicester’s Waterside.
The complex of 15 managed workspace units will form the hub of a new community of knowledge and creative businesses that will grow as the regeneration of Waterside continues.
Confidence created by this project will allow new homes and more offices to follow, building on the success of Friars Mill. The project architects employed a simple but effective strategy of stripping back the existing buildings to expose and celebrate the original brick and timber structure.
Carefully designed new additions in contrasting modern industrial finishes accommodate the services and circulation cores of the buildings, leaving the original fabric intact. Strong sustainability credentials aligned to great architecture, high specification integrated ICT and superfast broadband will secure the site’s future for another 100 years or more.
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