Work to give a new lease of life to a former bus depot and bring new jobs to Coalville, which has been supported by grants from North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), has been making good progress.
The owners of the building on Ashby Road, Deepak Mavani and Paul Westwood, were forced to temporarily suspend the development earlier this year. However, in recent months they have been able to restart the work to transform the former depot into a modern facility which will combine a workshop and sales for their quality used car business, Desireablecar.com.
They envisage the site will open in the New Year.
The latest additions include new roofing and a reception area at the front of the building. Wood-effect cladding is also being added to the exterior to ensure the building is in-keeping with the district’s National Forest identity.
With a grant of £50,000 from the NWLDC Frontage Improvement Scheme and a successful application for a £25,000 grant under the council’s Enterprising North West Leicestershire grant scheme, Mr Mavani and Mr Westwood are making improvements to the building that are in keeping with its heritage, whilst bringing it back into daily use.
Having stood empty since 2011, the building was originally built in 1925, when it was home to Midland Red bus company. During the 1930s almost 50 buses were in operation from the site.
This development, together with frontage grants along the main streets in the town centre, and investment into Marlborough Square are just some of the projects that form a big part of NWLDC’s ‘Choose Coalville’ regeneration agenda.
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of NWLDC, said: “We welcome investment into Coalville and will look to support projects that help to regenerate and build confidence in the town. Our officers have worked with the owners to emphasise the importance of this project going ahead as it will make such a difference to one of the key routes in to the town centre.
“This is a big investment in a prime spot in Coalville and we’re delighted that the issues that caused a delay in the project have been overcome. It is great that the financial support through our grant schemes is helping to make this development happen, and bringing this historic building back into use.
“I wish Mr Mavani and Mr Westwood the best of luck with their enterprising project and look forward to seeing the showroom open and ready for business.”
Paul Westwood said: “We’re delighted that work has been able to resume and excited for the future as we bring this historic building back to life.
“The support and encouragement we’ve had from the council throughout has been excellent, and we share their enthusiasm in being a part of regenerating Coalville. We can’t wait to get up and running and start welcoming our first customers when we open.”