Wheatsheaf Works Leicester (10)

Wheatsheaf Works Leicester, UK

Built by the Co-operative in 1892 as the world’s largest shoe factory. This Grade II Listed building has suffered almost 10 years of partial occupation leaving much of the complex falling into dereliction.
  • Client

    Galliford Try Building

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  • Region

    Leicester, UK

  • Size

    172 homes

Wheatsheaf Works Leicester (1)

The former Co-op shoe factory was constructed in 1892 and has undergone many evolutions through it’s life.


The project involved extensive negotiations with the Local Authority because of its listed status, to resolve issues of scale and potential loss of an employment site.

Planning was secured on the basis of the creation of high quality housing focused around a highly landscaped courtyard and ranging in scale from studio apartments to four-bed family homes.