Sheppard Robson and Associated Architects get green light for the regeneration of Freemen’s Common, Leicester

8th April 2019

Sheppard Robson and Associated Architects have received planning permission for the comprehensive redevelopment of Freemen’s Common on behalf of the University of Leicester and Equitix.

New university facilities, designed by Sheppard Robson, include 1200 high-quality student residences on the Freemen’s Common site, a new multi storey car park and the sensitive refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Freemen’s Cottages as the centrepiece of the scheme.

The new Teaching and Learning Centre, designed by Associated Architects, will provide 9,000m2 of flexible teaching and corporate services office space, fronting the proposed ‘Freemen’s Square’.

Two large lecture theatres of 600 and 250 capacity will be provided from a central exhibition atrium space, with flexible flat teaching spaces for between 80-120 students to one side. As part of the mixed-use masterplan, the teaching facilities and office provision will add much needed vibrancy to the new public realm and provide a landmark for the University, upon approach from the city centre.

Core to masterplan strategy has been to regenerate the site as a new mixed-use neighbourhood creating new linkages through the site and a new gateway to the city centre.

Rupert Goddard, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “These ambitious proposals are driven by a desire to create a new neighbourhood with a strong community character, blending old and new with generous public realm and tree planting. Architecturally the scheme will create a series of routes and squares and will use a blend of traditional and modern materials, transforming a negative site with poor connectivity into a new neighbourhood that makes a confident statement about Leicester’s future for both the University and the wider community.”

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