The conversions of two prominent buildings in Leicester city centre, representing a combined investment of circa £1m, will be overseen by local architectural studio, InkDrawn.
At 171-173 London Road, overlooking the two lodges marking the entrance to Victoria Park, InkDrawn will prepare construction drawings to create 16 new studio and one bed apartments for the Build to Rent (BTR) market. Nearby in the cultural quarter, opposite Curve Theatre, InkDrawn obtained planning permission for a further six one and two bed upper floor apartments as part of a conversion scheme on the corner of Halford Street and Wigston Street. Construction works on both sites are set to begin imminently and expected to complete in 2022.
“These schemes occupy two prime locations in Leicester city centre, visible from the city’s main gateways and attractions,” said InkDrawn’s director, Dan Nestoruk. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to reinvest in our home city and work with local developers to repurpose these buildings with a new lease of life.
“Both buildings have designs of architectural importance. As such, it’s our intention to retain as many original features as possible, from the decorative stonework to original sash windows, whilst establishing a synergy between the historical character and a fresh modern feel within each apartment,” concluded Dan.
InkDrawn has a solid track record of delivering similar conversion schemes in and around the city centre including 45 apartments at Allied Place, 39 apartments at Millstone Lane, 34 apartments at Princess Road West, 27 apartments at Granby Street, 12 apartments at Market Place Approach and five cluster flats at the old post office on Bishop Street.