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News - January 2018

New visitor accommodation to meet rising tourism in Leicester

New visitor accommodation to meet rising tourism in Leicester

Building work is underway on an £1.8m project to create high end visitor accommodation in the heart of Leicester, opposite the Cathedral and close to the historic site where Richard III’s remains were discovered.

Working for the Diocese of Leicester, construction company Stepnell will convert two empty buildings into St Martin’s Lodge, which will offer 28 ensuite bedrooms. Corporate Architecture has designed the scheme which involves the refurbishment and conversion of a Grade II listed former 18th century town house in New Street and a purpose-built neo-Georgian office block in Peacock Lane. The conversion includes a new penthouse extension to the Peacock Lane building as well as a link connecting the two buildings which were both previously used as offices.

The project will answer increasing demand for luxury overnight accommodation in Leicester, which has seen a significant increase in visitor numbers since the discovery of King Richard’s remains in 2012.

The new accommodation will be situated in the Greyfriars conservation area; a short distance from the award-winning visitor centre which tells the story of Richard’s life, death and how his remains were uncovered. St Martin’s Lodge is expected to complete this summer.

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