Plans to transform Leicester’s Great Central Station and nearby factory site

Overall view from Vaughan Way

Stephen George + Partners, the Leicester architects has submitted plans to transform the former Great Central Station and the site of the old Stibbe factory into new hotels, offices and a new public space, together with a refurbishment of Leicester’s Great Central Station.

The former Stibbe site will be redeveloped into a new 43,000 sqft office block together with a 152-bed Novotel hotel and 100 bed Adagio ‘aparthotel’.

The architect has also unveiled plans to refurbish the station including its glass canopy and front façade.

At the heart of the proposal is a new traffic-free public space, which will include part of Great Central Street.

Artists impression of new open space

The masterplan also involves creating a new pedestrian ‘super-crossing’ of Vaughan Way, linking the development directly to the city centre.

“Leicester city centre is undergoing widespread transformation, with regeneration projects in the cultural, business and waterside quarters,” says John Morfey, partner at Stephen George + Partners.

He adds: “The station and Stibbe sites represent an important part of the jigsaw: having lain neglected for so long, the masterplan which we have designed with Charles Street Buildings breathes new life into the area with new buildings and a public space which will add to Leicester’s developing sequence of squares.

“The development of this site, with the pedestrian “super-crossing” of Vaughan Way and the continuation of this route to the Great Central Station, provides a key link between the city centre and the Waterside Regeneration Area.”