Nottingham firm to deliver new £40m residential development

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Nottingham-based Franklin Ellis Architects has announced that works have begun on the new £40m residential scheme on Vaughan Way in Leicester.

The 260,000 sq ft development, which is being delivered by Leicester-based developer Sowden Group, will bring 297 luxury rental apartments, commercial space, a rooftop garden and car parking to the formerly derelict site and will be 11 storeys tall.

Partner David Franklin and associate partner Joe Taylor at Franklin Ellis Architects, are providing architecture and landscaping services for the scheme, which is due for completion in April 2019.

Franklin Ellis is working on the development in partnership with construction firm Winvic for London-based investment company Long Harbour.

Joe said: “We have been involved in the planning of this development alongside Sowden Group for many years and it’s great to see works underway.

“The site has been derelict for several years and this ambitious development will significantly enhance the area.

“The scheme offers a fantastic location for those who want to live in Leicester’s vibrant city centre, close to its retail offer and bar and restaurant scene.”

This is the second large scheme that Franklin Ellis Architects has worked on in the last two years in Leicester alongside Sowden Group, having previously delivered the £20m mixed used development in New Walk.

Roy Coley, managing director of Sowden Group, said: “This is a great development which will considerably enhance a side of the inner ring road which has been neglected in the past. We are pleased that it is attracting large scale investment from London asset managers. As well as a first for Leicester, this is probably the only London investment in the private rented sector in the East Midlands.”

Franklin Ellis is also working in partnership with CallisonRTKL, a London-based design consultancy providing interior design.