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27th October 2003
LRC signs up consultants for New Community

On 24th October 2003, the Leicester Regeneration Company (LRC) appointed a team of specialist consultants to provide a detailed design and development framework for its New Community scheme - one of the five major masterplan projects aimed at regenerating central Leicester.

This highly experienced project team will be led by Lovejoy based in Birmingham. The team has a wealth of urban regeneration expertise, with Lovejoy providing the lead urban design role. The rest of the team will comprise of: property consultant King Sturge’s specialist regeneration division; PRP – residential design and experts in sustainable residential architecture; ARUP Consulting – highways and civil engineers and Gardiner Theobald – cost consultants.

The concepts presented in the LRC masterplan identified the New Community as a residential led regeneration project, which will create around 2000 new dwellings in the St George’s North area of the city. A new standard of city living is proposed for the area consisting of a diverse mixture of housing tenures, prices and types. One of five key masterplan projects set to regenerate central Leicester, the New Community aims to develop a greater sense of vitality in the city centre as a whole and promote sustainable development. At the heart of the community in Lee Circle, Leicester, good quality support services will also be provided such as leisure, convenience shopping, schools and health facilities.

Peter Conboy, Development Manager at the LRC said:
“A large number of organisations submitted expression of interests for the New Community commission and we were very impressed with the high standard. The successful team fulfilled all of our key criteria combining specialist skills in mixed use urban design and sustainable residential development and expertise in attracting development funding. They also have extensive local knowledge, with some of the key staff living in Leicester or originating from the City. We are very confident this partnership will be a huge success and are looking forward to getting started on the plans this week.”

Mark Rose, Associate Director at Lovejoy said:
"We are delighted to be working with the Leicester Regeneration Company in the preparation of a development masterplan for the St. Georges North area. This is a key step in delivering the vision of a sustainable community in the heart of the city. The area's successful regeneration is critical to the continued prosperity of Leicester and we are looking forward to engaging with the local community to ensure that its full potential is realised."

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The Leicester Regeneration Company (LRC) was set up in 2001, and is a not for profit partnership between the public sector, private sector and the wider community. The company’s aim is to improve the physical image and environment of the city and further its economic prosperity. In 2002, the LRC launched a Masterplan, which is a framework for redevelopment in the city centre around the ring road and along the Grand Union Canal/River Soar for the next ten to fifteen years. The masterplan encompasses five important projects: New Community, Science and Technology Park, Prime Office Core, Retail Circuit and Waterside. For more information on the Leicester Regeneration Company (LRC) please visit leicesterregeneration.co.uk.



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