Stephen George + Partners Completes £7.3 Million Office Building at Key Leicester Regeneration Site
Stephen George + Partners (SGP) is celebrating the completion of No1 Great Central Square, a £7.3 million, 33,000sq.ft. Grade A office building on the old Stibbe factory site, a key regeneration scheme in Leicester. The site will also feature two new hotels, the refurbishment of the Great Central Railway Station and a new public plaza, all of which are overseen by SGP.
Part of a £45 million masterplan designed by SGP for Charles Street Buildings Group, No1 Great Central Square is the latest component in the transformation of the 1.89 hectare site into the wider Great Central Square redevelopment, which is set within the Waterside Strategic Regeneration Area.
The five-storey office’s V-shaped form evolved with the design of SGP’s masterplan; the splayed footprint creates a new public realm which focuses onto the former railway station. Double storey height curtain walling at ground and high level achieves a critical lightness whilst the twisting roof parapet adds further visual interest to the building, creating an attractive and aspirational place for future tenants to work and do business. The slanting element in the façade was a conscious design decision to reduce the building’s scale in respect of its neighbours, creating street harmony and bringing forward the once neglected Great Central Railway Station.
Explains Ian Yallop, Chairman at SGP: “We are incredibly proud of how No1 Great Central Square sits within the regeneration site, becoming a key focal point in an aspirational project that will bring new jobs to an already thriving city as well as linking the centre with the City Council’s ambitious Waterside development.”
Work started on site in March 2018 and the hotel is due to complete on the 19th December and the station in January 2020. Morgan Sindall is the contractor for the highway works, hotels, and No1 Great Central Square, and the contractor for the refurbishment of the station is Charles Street Buildings (the client’s construction arm).