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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2016

Project Detail

Friars Mill

Regeneration Project of the Year Award 2016 Winner

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.

Project Overview

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.


    Entered by

    Leicester City Council

    Parties involved

    William Anelay
    University of Leicester
    Pick Everard
    William Saunders


    Contract Value

    £7.0 million


    Completion Date

    December 2015


    Scheme Location

    100 Bath Lane

    LE3 5BJ

    (view on Google Maps)

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