Franklin Ellis were appointed by Sowden developments as Architects for a 297 apartment scheme on a prominent key site in Leicester city centre. The client is the London based Long Harbour, experts in delivering PRS (Private Rented Sector) apartments and this was not only their first project in the East Midlands but the first PRS in Leicester. The design therefore needed to be striking and well-detailed to set a standard for other developments.
The site lies on the edge of Leicester’s Waterside Zone – an exciting urban regeneration zone attracting high levels of investment in new buildings.
The design overcomes contextual challenges in mediating in scale between the large-scale contemporary buildings and the lower scale of All Saints’ Church by developing a design of a series of stepped building blocks, which are arranged to respect the views of the church along Highcross Street. To give each block an identity multiple brickwork styles were used. The main contractor for the project was Winvic.
Some photos by Keith Cooper/Northlight.