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Old April 26th, 2012, 12:52 PM   #3061
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Plans for 8 storey student flats and ground floor offices between Great Central Street and Highcross Street (no docs as yet):

http://rcweb.leicester.gov.uk/planni...AppNo=20120504
The documents are now up. The development looks much better on the planning documents and appears to fit the surrounding area relatively well. It appears to look like a brick building.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #3062
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A much better frontage on Highcross Street. The Heritage Statement confirms that it will be an impressive facade, in keeping with and like the old imposing Victorian factories in the Leicester of old...
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM   #3063
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An imposing building which would be a positive addition to the street scene
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Old April 27th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #3064
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http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.u...ail/story.html

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A row of Victorian buildings in the city centre could be converted into 47 luxury flats in a renovation scheme which developers said would preserve their historic architecture.

The grade II-listed former Constitutional Club, on the corner of Pocklingtons Walk and Millstone Lane, has been empty for 15 years.


Similarly, the listed Register Office building, formerly the Poor Law Office, has been shut for the past five years, ever since Leicester city council moved the service to the Town Hall.

They both sit in 1 to 9 Pocklingtons Walk, a plot of three buildings which developer Indi Johal wants to turn into an apartment complex.

He has enlisted the help of Leicester architects Maber Associates, and plans have now been submitted to Leicester City Council. The application will also need the approval of conservation watchdog English Heritage.

Senior architect Muthar Al-Salloum, of Maber Associates, said: "We have had extensive discussions with the conservation team at the city council ever since the concept stage of this project.

"From the very first, we've been extremely sensitive to the historic importance of these buildings as part of Leicester's valuable Victorian heritage. In this respect, the idea is to remove the prefabricated partitions installed when many of the buildings were converted into offices in a way that highlights important historic features.

"These include stone floors, grand staircases and cast-iron balustrades.

"In most of the buildings, partitions have previously been installed, including suspended ceilings, which hide most of historic details.

"We believe this scheme will not only bring these important historic buildings back into use but help revitalise this part of the city centre."

The plans were discussed at a recent meeting of the city council's conservation advisory panel, where heritage groups offered their broad support.

Leicester Civic Society chairman Stuart Bailey said: "We are broadly supportive of the scheme. It's excellent news for these old Victorian buildings."

Grahame Lees, of the Leicester branch of the Victorian Society, said: "We'd love to see these wonderful buildings brought back into use.

"The old register office has stood idle for at least five years and the constitutional club far longer, about 15 years."

The proposed scheme will include a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.

Really nice buildings, would be great to see them being used again.

Planning details - http://fdweb.leicester.gov.uk/planni...E5959=20120303
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:39 PM   #3065
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Some good news at last!
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #3066
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From Merc:

'Jubilee Square' issues:
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.u...ail/story.html

Sir Peter wants to save industrial heritage:
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.u...ail/story.html
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #3067
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Jubilee Square should go ahead. Not bothered about what the shopkeepers think. The car park is a scar on the landscape. The car park resulted from needless demolition and the building of the ruinous southgates underpass. It is high time that this mistake was rectified.

The Jubilee Square area is an important link between the historical areas and the retail zone. Cars parked up don't add the quality that a bit of greenery would. I also find it hard to understand why cafes and bars would suffer from a bit of greenery and a pedestrian square environment? They could have outside seating, with heating and cover for all year round use. There are also hairdressers in more central areas, with no immediate parking - and they manage to survive.

I'm also fully supportive of the Mayor's intentions to save the industrial heritage we still have...
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Old April 27th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #3068
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Really nice buildings, would be great to see them being used again.

Planning details - http://fdweb.leicester.gov.uk/planni...E5959=20120303
excellent, this is the sort of development leicester should focus on, still think it would have made a lovely hotel, but better than the original plan to make it a homeless hostel...
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Old April 27th, 2012, 05:00 PM   #3069
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An art gallery would have been nice. At least they will become apartments and not student flats!
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Old April 27th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #3070
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Maybe you could persuade them to have a gallery on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors.

How many floors does the building have?
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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #3071
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It's got to main floors and rooms in the roof. I don't know if it has a basement though.

Btw the former Irish Bank in St Martins is being promoted for use as a restaurant or similar use.
The ground floor of Phoenix House nearby is also vacant and would suit a 'high-end' retailer with its large windows.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #3072
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Bad news for Leicester's music scene, the Auditorium has closed down
If this is the case then why are there plans (submitted earlier this month) for new signs on the Odeon Arcade, including some for The Auditorium:

http://rcweb.leicester.gov.uk/planni...AppNo=20120503

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http://fdweb.leicester.gov.uk/planni....aspx?pbfc=623


It seems that the old city gallery building is to become a art gallery and cafe once more:

http://rcweb.leicester.gov.uk/planni...AppNo=20120578
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 07:06 PM   #3073
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Land on Vaughan way being advertised for mixed use/retail opportunities (currently the Saab showroom, left of the new building there):

http://www.intali.com/property.php?id=309
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Old May 12th, 2012, 10:44 AM   #3074
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I couldn't find a general cultural quarter thread. Apologies if I've missed it.

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£1.2m expansion for the Cultural Quarter

A centre for young entrepreneurs is to be built in the Cultural Quarter.

Enterprise agency The Mighty Creatives has been granted planning permission to build an innovation centre at a disused industrial unit in Queen Street, near Curve.

The £1.2 million scheme will encourage and support people aged between 16 and 25 to develop their entrepreneurial ideals.

The development would include private studios, workshops, office spaces and lounge and cafe areas.

A spokesman for The Mighty Creatives described the proposals in a statement to the council as an "inspiring space to stimulate creativity, innovation and enterprise".

He said: "The vision is to create a landmark centre within Leicester for young, creative entrepreneurs.

"This will attract and nurture a cluster of young ambitious and creative small and medium-sized enterprises.

"It will provide modern, quality accommodation and facilities, together with an instructive and supportive environment to encourage growth."

The centre would look to address joblessness in the most deprived areas of the city and priority would be given to youngsters living close to the Cultural Quarter, in St Matthews, St Marks and Spinney Hills.

The innovation centre expects to employ 25 full-time and 10 part-time members of staff.

Projects based at the centre would also be given access to specialist production facilities at the LCB Depot and Phoenix Square.

The site would include a cycle storage area.

Council planning officer Richard Freeman said in a report: "The mix of uses proposed will support the development of the area as a cultural destination, while also including new space for small businesses and business start-ups.

"It is in line with the aspirations for the area and as the building appears to be currently vacant, I conclude there is no market for an employment use here and that the proposal is in principle acceptable."

The project has been given conditional approval, which states that the work to develop the centre must start within three years.

Councillor Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor and council spokesman for culture, leisure and sport, said: "I think it's a very positive development and fits in with the ethos of the Cultural Quarter."

Martin Traynor, chief executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is very welcome – creative industry plays an important role in the local economy."
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Sounds great initially but as you read on it becomes apparent that it's just an unemployed youth agency.
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Old June 5th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #3076
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Restrictions are to be imposed on new student housing developments.
Leicester City Council's new guidance strengthens existing policy after concerns were raised about the extent of development, particularly in the Castle and Westcotes wards.
It aims to give the council more control over the size and scale of new student accommodation blocks.
From June 12, developers will have to prove the student flats are needed, satisfy design criteria and convince planners a development will be a benefit.
The buildings will also have to be within 800m walking distance of either the University of Leicester or De Montfort University.
The policy will see the end of a six-month block on projects while the fresh rules were being drafted.
The rules have been drawn up after consultation with residents, community groups and both universities.
Full article: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.u...ail/story.html
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Old June 7th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #3077
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So then there will be absolutely no large scale developments in leicester for the foreseeable future. the student developments were the only ones happening in shit backward city.
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Old June 8th, 2012, 12:27 PM   #3078
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That's one way of looking at it, another would be thinking about the number of arse-end student accommodation projects we'll now avoid, also giving the local authority pressure in finding other investors for the good of the whole city and not just two universities that already do rather well.

Not to say there aren't any decent student builds in Leicester.

Also not to say Leicester isn't a shit backward city
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At least it might end the apparent 'easy target' label leicester seems to have as far as developers are concerned
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:02 AM   #3080
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So then there will be absolutely no large scale developments in leicester for the foreseeable future. the student developments were the only ones happening in shit backward city.
If its of the quality of some the dross we have had to endure of late I would welcome no development over crass cheap development.
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