Hotel, pub and office & flats complex up for 2018 ProCon regeneration prize
A major new addition to Leicester's city centre is competing against two refurbishments of historic buildings for the Regeneration prize in the 2018'ProCon'Leicestershire property and construction awards.
In the running for the award are the redevelopment of the former city council site in New Walk along with a refurbished pub and a Georgian mansion reinvented as a hotel and wedding venue.
The category, sponsored by Keepmoat Homes, is one of seven in this year's ProCon Awards.
The awards' overall sponsors are Salus Approved Inspectors, Unique Window Systems and Westleigh Partnerships ' while the Leicester Mercury is media partner.
The Regeneration Project of the Year finalists are:
Knight & Garter, Leicester, submitted by Fusion Electrics';
A new luxury pub and restaurant has regenerated the former Molly O'Grady's site, in Hotel Street, close to Leicester Market.
Contributing to the wider regeneration in the Lanes, the'Knight & Garter'has exploited the recent demolition of the indoor market, creating an outside terrace.
Now welcoming more than 2,000 customers a week, the Knight & Garter is encouraging a new clientele to the area, encouraging a better atmosphere and a safer environment.
Former Leicester City Council site, in New Walk, submitted by MDA Consulting';
The'mixed-use development that replaced the the council HQ'includes offices, apartments, retail and a public space.
The development has given the site a new lease of life and encouraged regeneration nearby.
The 50,000 sq ft of offices are in one building. More than 50 apartments and 10,000 sq ft of ground floor retail are in a second structure.
The two buildings are very different, with their materials chosen to complement each other and the area.
Winstanley House, Leicester, submitted by MAS Architecture ;
Built in the 18th century and home to the Winstanley family for more than 150 years, Braunstone Hall has been reborn as'Winstanley House'' a wedding venue, banqueting hall, hotel and restaurant. The original buildings are now linked by a one-storey extension, inspired by the 1929 Barcelona Pavilion, creating a reception area.
The project restored original features, complemented by additions that honour the grace and grandeur of the building.
Andy Spencer, head of land and partnerships at Keepmoat Homes, said: 'As a top 10 housebuilder who specialises in housing-led regeneration projects, sponsoring the regeneration project of the year award was a natural fit for our business.
'We are aware of the high quality of applicants for this award, demonstrating this is an exciting time to be involved in the regeneration of the city; something we are looking forward to contributing to through our Waterside development.'
The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Leicester's King Power Stadium on November 15.
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