Approval for Carron Building transformation

The Carron Building, a former warehouse at 35 Rutland Street in the Cultural Quarter of Leicester, is to be transformed after plans from Moorhouse Project were given the go-ahead.

The development will see the use of the building’s lower ground and ground floor become a series of retail units, the first, second, third and fourth floors made into high end office spaces and the fifth floor receive a penthouse style extension which will offer further office space.

The proposal will see the demolition of the existing building, which is now vacant, from the third floor, replicating the first floor as a third floor and rebuilding the existing third floor to be a fourth floor.

The building’s existing materials are to be reused.

A council document released ahead of the final decision on the development states: “The scheme will allow this key building within the Cultural Quarter to be brought back into use with uses which support the function of this area.

“The scheme will preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area and the setting of the church. It will increase wildlife habitat and improve drainage. It will not be harmful to the amenity of neighbouring residents and does not raise highway concerns.”

A design statement from the applicant reads: “The redevelopment will provide a purpose to a building that has an incredible value, yet it has not been used in a number of years, in an attempt to make the best and most efficient use of an existing building. The proposals will also support and enhance existing business activities in the immediate vicinity and will act as a catalyst for further regeneration projects in the area.”