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A derelict 1920s former bank building empty for a decade has been brought back to life as the offices for the Leicester law firm Spearing Waite.
Welford House was built as the headquarters of the Leicester Permanent Building Society. As well as the main part of the former bank building facing Pocklingtons Walk there is a three storey building facing Welford Place.
The 20,000 square feet of space is contemporary and energy efficient whilst respectful of the building’s heritage.
The property’s owner, Charles Street Buildings, wanted to develop the site for many years but due to the unusual layout and features of the building it needed a tenant that shared its vision.
With Spearing Waite on board they saw an opportunity to create a unique office environment that would both highlight the original features and provide contemporary touches.
The main hall of the former bank building, with its impressive dome, is the main entrance point for visitors, with a large reception area and meeting space. This allows natural light from the dome to flow through into the atrium below.
Both the dome and the ceiling features, many of which had been badly damaged, were carefully restored to their original state. The project has brought back to life one of Leicester’s most under-appreciated yet beautiful buildings.
Charles Street Buildings
Stephen George + Partners
34 Pocklingtons Walk
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