Works starts on £80m town centre redevelopment

Work has finally begun on the long-awaited £80m development at the site of the former bus station at Hinckley Road in Leicester.

Clarkebond has been providing structural, civil and geoenvironmental engineering services on the 256,000 sq ft development which will include a Sainsbury’s supermarket with an underground car park, a five-screen multiplex cinema, five restaurants, 18 shops, office space, a five-stop bus station on Waterloo Road, highway improvements and improved site access.

The development replaces a sparsely used area of the town centre, formerly occupied by a significant and largely unused industrial building and poor quality commercial developments, providing a revitalised and vibrant amenity facility. The naturally sloping site has been used to provide a single level of public realm with undercroft car parking at the lower eastern end of the site beneath the superstore.

Clarkebond was originally commissioned by the Tin Hat Regeneration Partnership LLP to provide structural and civil engineering services in support of the outline planning application for the proposed scheme in 2010.  At this stage, Clarkebond provided structural design and planning related assessments required to support the application, including an Environmental Statement, Flood Risk Assessment and Geo-Environmental Assessment.

In compiling the Environmental Statement,  Clarkebond’s  role was extended to managing the delivery of additional assessments including an Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Assessment, an Ecological Impacts Assessment, a Lighting Impacts Assessment, a Noise and Vibration Assessment, an Air Quality and Odour Assessment, a Transport Impacts Assessment, a Socio-Economics Assessment and a Visual Impacts Assessment.  Approval was granted by the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council in November 2010. 

Work is due to be completed and the development open in autumn 2015.