New homes to revitalise former Leicester landmark

A private residential development set to create 42 new homes in the heart of Leicester city centre has been awarded planning consent following an application from multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p and developer, The Prideview Group.

The £6.9m scheme on the corner of Humberstone Gate and St James Street will revitalise the redundant former Palais de Dance building, vacant since 2013, whilst proving much needed accommodation in the city. Situated within the St George’s Conservation Area, the approved scheme will comprise 42 studio, one and two bedroom apartments together with two ground floor retail units. The building’s historic facade will be retained, and a six-storey building erected featuring red brickwork in Flemish bond, stone textured render details and Juliette balconies with frameless glass balustrades, to complement the local vernacular and honour the 1920’s heritage.

rg+p’s senior planning consultant, Alan Hardwick said,

“It’s especially pleasing to have secured planning permission for this well-known Leicester landmark and be part of the project team regenerating a building which dates back to 1927. The project has involved collaboration between three of our in-house disciplines; architecture, planning and QS and we’re looking forward to making further contributions to Leicester’s cityscape as this development takes shape.”

Priyen Patel, director, The Prideview Group added,

“Construction work at Humberstone Gate is anticipated to begin later in 2018 once we have identified a suitable developer to take the project forward, with the first properties available later next year.”

“It’s been a pleasure to work with this team and the council to restore a disused building located in a popular part of Leicester and we remain on the lookout for more investment and development opportunities within the region.”