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6th July 2006
City Approval for Regeneration Landmark

No. 1 Westbridge will serve as an iconic landmark for Leicester’s regeneration

Leicester’s regeneration has passed a major milestone after city councillors unanimously approved plans for a £60 million development that is set to transform Leicester’s re-emerging waterside and provide local jobs.

No. 1 Westbridge, a development by Westbridge Living, is an iconic landmark complex that will comprise 354 luxury apartments, shops, bars and restaurants as well as public squares and a riverside walkway.

It will be built on Bath Lane alongside the River Soar on a site previously occupied by Merlin Dye Works.

Ryan O’Neill, managing director of Westbridge Living, comments: “No. 1 Westbridge’s uncontested acceptance shows the real commitment and belief the City Council has in the regeneration of Leicester. The development will bring new life to the waterside – one of Leicester’s long forgotten, hidden treasures -and will also serve to re-orientate the city with a recognisable landmark that sets a benchmark for further regeneration.”

He adds: “The development’s simple elegance will stand as a symbol of promise and potential to prospective investors identifying Leicester as an up and coming city of the future.”

No. 1 Westbridge is financed by the Royal Bank of Scotland and designed by internationally acclaimed architect Ian Simpson, whose designs have been heralded as the catalyst for high quality regeneration throughout the world and in city’s such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The development will not only bring about much needed regeneration to Leicester’s 11 miles of waterside, but will also provide jobs for local people.

Westbridge Living is working with Leicester City Council to ensure the use of local skills and resources for the development.

No. 1 Westbridge will serve as an iconic landmark for Leicester’s regeneration

Councillor Roman Scuplak, deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration and planning for Leicester City Council, comments: “This is an outstanding project that we believe will be a catalyst for more great architecture and investment in our city.”

John Nicholls, chief executive of Leicester Regeneration Company, says: “The regeneration of Leicester’s key objective is to bring about jobs, housing and a better quality of life for all. The development of No. 1 Westbridge is a milestone in the comprehensive regeneration of Leicester’s Waterside as it will inject energy to an area of the city that is showing huge potential and provide jobs that will enhance Leicester’s economy.”

Photo Caption: No. 1 Westbridge will serve as an iconic landmark for Leicester’s regeneration

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