The Corah Site

The Corah Site


The client has submitted a hybrid planning application for a proposed mixed use residential led development, consisting of up to 1187 apartments on the former Corah factory site in the centre of Leicester.

The project involved a detailed planning application for the facade retention of the old textile building and an outline planning application for the remainder of the new build apartment blocks, up to circa 17 storeys.

We produced a Transport Assessment which looked at the accessibility of the site in terms of walking, cycling, parking and the local highway network to assess the impact these would have. Due to the highly sustainable location of the proposed residential site and its proximity to the many employment destinations and transport links in Leicester City Centre, a limited number of car parking spaces (379) is proposed at the development when compared to the total number of units proposed.

There were ongoing roadworks in the area so we had to liaise with the Highways Authority to develop alternative strategy for future use. The pandemic resulted in restricted surveys.

In terms of parking, investigation of the existing basements on site was undertaken to establish if they would be suitable for re-use for parking, but confirmed that due to existing depths and semi-basement typologies they could not be utilised. Subsequently as part of the development proposals (for all options) a multi-storey car park (MSCP) will be provided with an estimated capacity of 260 spaces (subject to specialist design), access would be provided via Thames Street.

BWB are providing multi-disciplinary services, which are being co-ordinated inhouse through one point of contact, which benefits the Client.

Key Challenges

A Framework Travel Plan was also produced, which set out targets and measures for future residents to reduce single occupancy car travel. The site is near Leicester city centre and opposite a large bus station.

The Site will seek to deliver extensive connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists within the St Margaret's area and beyond. This overarching objective of the Masterplan has led to the principle of limiting vehicular access to the interior of the site.

Regeneration of a derelict site will significantly improve the appearance of the general area. Initial discussions with LCC on their proposals for a pedestrian ‘super crossing’ at Burleys Way and a new footbridge (proposed to be delivered as part of these development proposals) across the canal to Abbey Park to create a complete pedestrian route have been carried out and incorporated into the masterplan


George Isles

George Isles
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