Unrecognisable transformation taking place at Regents Court

By Kira Gibson

From boring and a lack of space to shelves, hidey holes and so much more.

The incredible transformation at the Regents Court student accommodation flats in Leicester has shocked almost everyone.

In just under three weeks per section, the construction team is refurbishing four floors of bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Installing new beds, fridges and freezers, each resident is getting a brand new flat to live in.

The construction work started in mid-January and at three weeks per block is due to finish in mid-August.

One resident, who wished not to be named, said: “It’s completely unrecognisable as to what I am living in now. I’ve already rebooked for next year and I can’t wait to move in.”

Another resident at the property, Emmanuella Ezeocha, stated she is looking forward to moving into a new flat in the latest move over.

“I’m happy about it because it’s refreshing to move somewhere that doesn’t look so vintage and out-of-place from the other accoms.”

The accommodation houses both De Montfort University and University of Leicester students and is an ideal distance away from both universities as well as the train station and the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

To book a viewing in the brand new Regents Court, contact Sulets and ask to see the fantastic refurbishments. If you would like to rebook, contact one of the receptionists who will help you with your inquiry and show you around the show flat.

Contractor chosen for million-pound apartment project in Leicester

By Conor de Smith

Contractor Winvic will construct and fit-out a 384-apartment project at the former Merlin Works site overlooking the River Soar in Bath Lane in Leicester.

The plan is for three build-to-rent modern apartment blocks to be completed by September 2020 at a cost of about £51 million.

The scheme by residential landlords Leicester Lettings, will include 256 one-bedroom and 128 two-bedroom apartments within three towers standing at ten, 14 and 16 storeys high.

There will also be a ground floor commercial unit, a two-level car park and a shared outdoor space for residents, which will be created via three separate raised podiums.

Archaeological works were completed two weeks ago and building work will get underway on December 3 with an estimated 42-week build programme.

Andy Bassett, Winvic’s operations manager for the new Bath Lane project, said: “It’s fantastic to announce that we are working with Jamie Lewis of Leicester Lettings Ltd on another city centre, high rise residential project and our relationship is an example of how we attract repeat business.

“We are also particularly looking forward to facilitating work placements for local young people, who can be proud of being a part of their city’s regeneration; we have already been working with Leicester City Council to achieve this and will continue to create partnerships with communities throughout the development.”

Emily-mae Collins, 20, a former resident in Bath Lane, said: “Any regeneration on this street is welcomed and I think it will do great things for this area of the city. With the River Soar just there, it could be such a beautiful place.”

Dan Graves, 19, living at Merlin Heights in Bath Lane, added: “I overlook the site where these flats will be built and think what the council are doing in terms of improving the look of the city is brilliant.”

The homes will be designed by Leicester-based architects RG&P with engineering consultant PRP and QS MDA Consulting also involved.

Leicester night walkers raise money for cancer charity

By Conor de Smith.

The streets of Leicester were illuminated by hundreds of people taking part in the city’s first Shine Night Walk in aid of Cancer Research on Saturday.

More than 800 glowing walkers came together at the weekend to raise more than £40,000 in crucial funds for Cancer Research UK.

The 10k walk started at 7pm at De Montfort University and passed landmarks such as Leicester Cathedral, the Clock Tower, New Walk and Victoria Park before ending back at the university.

Those who took part could raise money for 12 different areas of research such as bowel cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer and other forms of the disease. It cost £14.99 to enter and additional fundraising could be organised by walkers through the charity.

Heather Royrhorne-Finch, of Asfordby, launched the event with a starting horn. The 38-year-old programmes and relations manager for the civil service was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2009 while her sister and father have also survived the disease.

“It was a real honour because there are very few people lucky enough not to have been affected by cancer so it could easily have been someone else sharing their cancer story,” said Heather, who underwent a life-saving stem cell transplant in 2011.

“I was thrilled to be asked to share my story with the 800 people taking part. Every walker has either directly battled cancer or knows someone who has and not all cancer patients are as fortunate as me to have survived.

“Seeing everyone in their glitter, neon and fairy lights setting off into the city was emotional and uplifting,” she continued.

“People getting up and doing something that could benefit them one day but will definitely benefit others is inspiring. The distance doesn’t matter, it’s the effort that is important.”

Every year, more than 1,100 people in Leicester are diagnosed with cancer and there were more than 4,800 cancer patients on GP registers in March 2015.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death, accounting for 25 per cent of all deaths in Leicester and a third of deaths in under 75-year-olds.

Emma Sperring, 37, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2016 and walked with her dad and sister-in-law.

She said: “I really enjoyed the night walk, though it was really hard work, especially the last 1k. The atmosphere was really friendly and motivating.”

Remembrance Day Parade draws a crowd of hundreds

By Holly Hume

A Remembrance Parade followed by a service took place in Victoria Park, Leicester, on Sunday in honour of members of the armed forces who have died fighting for the Commonwealth.

 

The annual parade and service was attended by a crowd of hundreds, including veterans, serving military, Leicestershire Police and Official Dignitaries.

The parade began at De Montfort Hall and made its way to The Arch of Remembrance, where the service was held at 10.55am.

The ’Last Post’ was played as two maroons were fired to announce the start of the service, before the parade was called to stand at ease.

 

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The Deputy Commander, the Lord Mayor and the Lord-Lieutenant on the saluting dais

 

There were several readings, the most famous of all being ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae, read by The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer Lady Gretton DCVO.

Children from years five and six at Shaftesbury Junior School performed a reading of poetry they had composed for a school project written in pseudonym as local fallen soldiers.

 

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Standard bearers

 

Hymns were sung and prayers were said for fallen servicemen who are remembered every November.

The Junior Girls and Songmen of Leicester Cathedral and the City of Leicester Singers led the singing throughout the service and The Salvation Army Band played as wreaths were laid on the memorial.

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Wreaths laid on the Arch of Remembrance

The Seaforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums carried out a short wreath laying ceremony after the main service.

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Drum Major Bruce Meadows of The Seaforth Higlanders Pipes and Drums

 

World War One claimed the lives of an estimated 887,858 UK military, left 1,675,000 wounded and a further 744,000 soldiers who went missing in action.

Remembrance day began to honour all those lost in World War One, and now honours all those who have been lost in the wars since.

Attendees included both locals and visitors who had come far to pay their respects.

The service was sponsored by Leicestershire County Council.

Orionid meteor shower to light up Leicester skies

By Conor de Smith.

The Orionid meteor shower is set to light up the skies above Leicestershire this weekend.

The shower is an annual event that occurs due to debris from the famous Halley’s Comet hitting Earth’s atmosphere.

As many as 30 meteors per hour are expected to be on view and this weekend – notably Sunday at 3am BST – is prime time for star gazers.

The showers will continue until 7 November and are seen best when away from light pollution.

Heavy rain is forecast for Leicester this weekend which might obstruct the views of the falling meteorites.

Halley’s Comet is the only comet visible to the people of Earth without the need for telescopes or binoculars, and comes into view once every 75 years.

As it travels throughout the solar system, the Sun hits it and particles subsequently fall away. These are what will be seen hurtling towards our planet at speeds of 148,000mph.

There is no need to rush to the observatory at the University of Leicester, though, with Astronomer Tom Kerss adamant that eyes will be the only tool the public will need.

“There’s no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope,” he said. “Your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors.

“So, relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded.”