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New Tallest Proposed For Leicester

The city of Leicester in the East Midlands looks set to get a couple of new high-rise apartment blocks at Bath Lane next to the River Soar.

At 26 and 20 floors in height they are being developed by Westbridge Living who are using everyones favourite architect right now, Ian Simpson, to come up with what they hope will be a couple of residential towers to rival the best in Manchester and Leeds and integrate with the overall master-plan drawn up by the Leicester Regeneration Company and the city council.

The 354 unit scheme has been named No.1 Westbridge after the developer and is one of the few projects in Leicester of this size. To date the only ones to have gotten underway that are anything over 15 floors have been schemes that involve the rebuilding of current decrepit sixties office blocks that have laid empty for many years.

Given the size of Leicester it has been seriously lacking when it comes to building snazzy new apartment blocks for fashionable young things to live in. Previous plans including a serious of towers at Granby Halls hit the dust after objections from local residents about the height and the fatal intervention of the Home Office who feared that the project would overlook the local prison and provide an escape route for budding Steve McQueens.

This project looks like getting a better reception from everyone involved with the backing of the council. The planning gain for the scheme includes bringing renovation to the waterside of Leicester which is a riverside city with few riverside venues.

The work will concentrate on regeneration between Abbey Park and Castle Gardens and contractors should be on site later this year to begin if the developer gets the final go-ahead from the council.

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No 1 Westbridge Building 1

No 1 Westbridge Building 1
No 1 Westbridge Building 2

No 1 Westbridge Building 2
Granby Halls

Granby Halls