Plans unveiled for ex-Leicester council site

New Walk Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption Developers said work on the site could start by the end of the year

A plan for offices, shops and housing has been unveiled for the site of a city council's former offices.

The 1970s New Walk Centre, which stood on the two-acre site, was demolished in February.

The city council said two five-storey buildings would now be built in its place with a public square linking to the New Walk area.

Developers, Ingleby said they would now go through the formal planning process with completion excepted for 2017.

Leicester City mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, said the city-centre development would benefit surrounding businesses.

Image caption The development will be at the junction of New Walk, Welford Road and Belvoir Street

He said: "The proposals for the New Walk Centre site... will include buildings of a much more sympathetic scale to the surrounding area."

A spokesman for Ingleby said it was hoped that work would start on the site by the end of the year with the first part of the development to be completed two years later.

Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption The New Walk Centre was part of the Leicester skyline for 40 years

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