Leicester station site bids for multi-million pound boutique


The run-down site of Leicester’s Grand Central railway station could be transformed into a new boutique hotel as part of a new multi-million pound proposal in the city.

The site, near Highcross, could become a 100-bedroom boutique hotel if plans are approved, and would find its home alongside a new shops, cafe and restaurants complex.

Developer Charles Street Buildings currently owns the station, which was abandoned by rail bosses in 1969 and it has been used as industrial units ever since.

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The hotel proposal is part of a wider development plan that the company sees stretching on to land it owns next door.

That could include shops, offices and a multi-storey car park.

The company has suggested its plans would be a natural extension to the Highcross shopping centre on the other side of the inner ring road.

However their progress depends on reaching a deal with the city council over traffic in the area.

Speaking to Leicester Mercury, Leicester Civic Society chairman Stuart Bailey said: "The Great Central station is still a treasure and if it is restored sensitively it could make a wonderful hotel.

"There is now an ambitious plan to regenerate that forgotten part of town at long last."

The council has secured more than £26m of Government cash to spend on preparing sites on the banks of the River Soar for private development over the next 15 to 20 years.

Company solicitor Joseph Murphy told the Leicester Mercury: "The plans are in their infancy and they do depend on resolving the highways issues.

"We do think the scheme could be a key part of the wider regeneration of the Riverside area."