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Leicester Set For Massive Reclads

Leicester looks like finally being pulled into the 21st century with proposals that could completely regenerate its skyline and give major makeovers to some of the tallest buildings in the city.

At the head of this charge is the ambitious plans to rebuild the second tallest building in the East Midlands, the 82 metre tall St Georges Tower that has been bought for 22 million by Magnet Property Investments who have recently obtained planning consent for their designs.

The building, a 22 floor glass and concrete block set off a distinct services core has laid vacant since it was abandoned by British Telecom in 2000.

Magnet intend to transform the tower into a mixed use building featuring highly profitable student accommodation on the top floors, office space designed for call centres, a hotel and retail on the lower floors plus two ground floors of parking. This will see the greyish brown building turned into terracotta clay panelled walls, blue powdered glazing and marble and curtain walling.

Work worth 18 million will begin shortly by contractor Pettifer Construction who will be on site for 88 months.

As if this isn't enough another of Leicesters tallest buildings, Thames Tower is also due a makeover with the top 14 floors set to be transformed into 112 units of residential accommodation that will provide commanding views for residents. Like St Georges Tower it has been unoccupied for a number of years, amazingly for an office building of it's size having never been more than 50% let.

The rebuild has been designed by JS+P Architecture who to top the experience of high rise living off have included in the podium that the tower stands on, extensive roof gardens the residents can enjoy.

This modernism is all a far cry from the Leicester that is currently on show to people with the city dominated by a series of sixties towers that remind people just why tall buildings became so unfashionable. It's still miles behind local rival Nottingham, but these show at least the first flashes it may be trying to finally catch up.

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St Georges Tower reclad, Leicester
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