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New jobs in pipeline as plan for new industrial units on former council office site gets go-ahead

Plans to build 21 low carbon industrial units is set to get under way in Leicester, providing new jobs and opportunities for employers.

Leicester City Council will be working with local firm Brackley Property Developments Ltd to build 21 new units on the site of their former offices, which will provide more than 30,000sqft of light industrial workspace for local start-ups and growing businesses close to the city centre.

Leicester Time: New jobs in pipeline as plan for new industrial units on former council office site gets go-ahead
Picture: Leicester City Council

The land, off Blackbird Road, was formerly The Ian Marlow Centre – a housing depot used by Leicester City Council as offices, workshops and storage buildings and has now been cleared ready for redevelopment. 

The industrial units will be housed in four new buildings which will incorporate a range of low carbon, energy efficiency measures. These include roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, super insulation, and low-energy smart lighting.

Chargers will be installed for electric vehicles in a new parking area, and safe storage will be provided for bicycles.

 The development, which is expected to cost around £6.25million, is backed with cash from the government’s Levelling Up Fund following the city council’s successful bid for £19.4million of new investment in 2021, to support the growth of high-tech and industrial workspaces in the city.

 Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on culture, economy and climate, said: “These new industrial units will breathe new life into a vacant council site and help meet the urgent demand for commercial and industrial workspaces for start-up and growing businesses within Leicester City.

 “Along with supporting local employers and the creation of new jobs, this development also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to supporting the local economy through investment in cleaner, greener low carbon infrastructure which will support the future prosperity of our growing city.”

Construction work is due to get underway in mid-February is expected to take around eight months to complete.


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