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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2019

Project Detail

Space Park, Leicester

Infrastructure Project of the Year Award 2019 Finalist

Vacant for 18 years, the former John Ellis Secondary School site in Leicester’s Pioneer Park Enterprise Zone has been prepared by the City Council for future development.

In a ten month programme, the brownfield site of almost four hectares was cleared and levelled. Infrastructure such as drainage was implemented ready for occupation.

The aim is for the University of Leicester to use the site for the first phase of its £100m Space Park Leicester scheme, which will be home to the National Centre for Earth Observation.

Project Overview

Leicester City Council’s infrastructure work, fully financed by the Local Growth Fund, has created an attractive development site. The project team worked closely with the University of Leicester to ensure it meets its requirements.

This development will become a key anchor in the wider Pioneer Park Enterprise Zone with the first phase of the University of Leicester’s anticipated development alone creating 200 jobs.

The site is next to Ellis Meadows, housing and Abbey Pumping Station, 300 metres from the National Space Centre.

The infrastructure project included built-in sustainable urban drainage (SuDs) linking into the award-winning Ellis Meadows environmental project and flood plain.


    Entered by

    Leicester City Council
    Thomas Bow City Asphalt


    Contract Value



    Completion Date

    May 2019


    Scheme Location

    Former John Ellis College site
    Corporation Road

    LE4 5PW

    (view on Google Maps)

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