Million pound plans for derelict land opposite Highcross Leicester well under way

By Jake Olner

Building is well under way on the new £50 million project that aims to re-develop an unused plot of land in Leicester’s Vaughan Way by linking the City to the Waterside.

The project will see the construction of a 150 room Novotel hotel and a 100 room ‘aparthold’ for Adagio as well as a crossing over the ring road for pedestrians.

Leicester developer Charles Street Buildings has already begun construction on the derelict land on Vaughan Way, opposite Highcross shopping centre.

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The new hotel complex towers over John Lewis shopping centre

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Charles Street Buildings have put forward a very exciting proposal for this long-disused plot of land.

“The planned hotel complex will help transform this rather grotty area and help create a really attractive gateway into the Waterside area.”

As part of the £50 million project, a new ‘super crossing’ will be created on Vaughan Way to help pedestrians crossing over the busy ring road and improve the link from the city to the Waterside.

Mayor Soulsby added: “As is stands, getting across the ring road is a major barrier for pedestrians and motorists.

“The proposed scheme presents an opportunity to address that and, at the same time, improve the route out from the city centre in the Waterside area with more attractive footways and a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Joseph Murphy, Charles Street Buildings’ director, said: “We are now looking forward to progressing our ambitious development plans for this important site.”

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