Friday, August 19, 2022

Green light for new Leicester city centre homes

Specialist urban planning consultancy, Hybrid Planning & Development has secured permission for a new, six storey residential development in the heart of Leicester city centre.

Working on behalf of a private developer and alongside Leicester-based architects, InkDrawn, Hybrid’s successful application will see the construction of 21 one and two bedroom apartments and associated amenities on a derelict, brownfield site on the corner of Jarvis Street and All Saints Road in the city centre.

“Following a series of proactive negotiations with the local authority, including an effective pre-application process, we’ve been able to bring forward viable plans for a characterful new development that will complement the heritage of the area,” said Claire Day, director and co-founder, Hybrid Planning & Development.

“The approved development at Jarvis Street will bring a vacant site back into productive use, providing high quality homes for Leicester’s young professionals, postgraduates and new families. It will also restore the overall street pattern, which includes the locally listed and recently restored Great Central Railway Station as well as the former Generator House, thought to have been built to power the railway station.”

In addition to the 21 apartments, the new development will include a ground floor lobby, communal lounge, extensive cycle storage, refuse storage and visitor car parking. All apartments will be wheelchair accessible and in the framework of Building for Life standards. A fabric first approach will be adopted in construction, and for further energy efficiencies, photovoltaic panels will be installed to the flat roof.

Design for the new development was developed by InkDrawn. Director, Daniel Nestoruk explains the design principles: “Jarvis Street in its current guise really detracts from its historic neighbourhood, so we were keen for our design to reverse this as well as celebrate the railway heritage.

“The new, six storey building is arranged within a triangular shaped block and has a tapered design with a flat roof. We particularly focused on the brickwork detailing and the material palette comprises a multi tone light grey brick with a contrasting darker grey brick to create a contemporary, industrial appearance.

“Large, floor-to-ceiling openings are included alongside balconies and inset terraces, meaning each apartment has its own private amenity space.”

Jarvis Street is set to contribute towards the ongoing regeneration of Leicester’s Waterside.

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