More details provided on £50million Vaughan Way redevelopment

The £50m development includes two new hotels, new office space and a new public open area.

Highcross Leicester hosted a public exhibition this week highlighting the extensive works taking place on Vaughan Way, as part of a major city centre redevelopment.

The £50million scheme, which was granted planning permission in October 2017, comprises of two new hotels, the creation of 35,000 sq ft of new office space and a new public realm open area between Great Canal Street and Vaughan Way.

Preparatory work is already ongoing in Great Central Street, which will eventually be closed to through traffic, although access to local businesses and the new car park for the development will remain.

The scheme also involves the creation of a new ‘super-crossing’ across Vaughan Way itself, improving connectivity between the city centre, the new developments and the city’s Waterside area. The work on the crossing will get underway later in February.

Construction company Morgan Sindall, which is delivering the highway improvements, was on hand to give information and answer questions on the highway works.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This scheme will deliver significant investment and redevelopment of an important city centre site, which has remained vacant for many years.”

“I am also delighted that the scheme includes the refurbishment of the former Great Central Railway Station building. The new super crossing at Vaughan Way will also greatly improve connectivity to this area and the wider Waterside area.”

“It is a very comprehensive development project, and this exhibition is a good opportunity to see the implications for the affected roads.

“The city council and contractors Morgan Sindall have been keeping local residents and businesses updated on the scope of the works, but this exhibition sets out the scheme in a very clear and helpful way.”

To date the work has involved a number of temporary lane and footway closures to allow for preparatory works.

Signs advising motorists of the roadworks have been in place since early in the new year.

The whole programme of highway works, including the main super-crossing works in Vaughan Way, is due to take place over 35 weeks in total, and be completed by November 2018.