Leicester's Friars Mill factory rebuild set to begin

Friars Mill Image copyright Leicestershire Fire and Rescue
Image caption The Friars Mill has stood derelict for nine years and was badly damaged after a fire in 2012

Work to rebuild a fire-damaged derelict Grade II listed factory building in Leicester is set to begin.

The city council is investing £6.3m to redevelop the Friars Mill complex, on the banks of the River Soar.

The mill, which dates back to 1739 and is thought to be the city's first factory, has been derelict since 2005.

Once restored, the former mill will be used by new and developing businesses in the city.

Part of the funding, about £4m, has come from a European grant.

Work begins on Monday and is expected to take about 13 months.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: "I am really pleased that we are now beginning work on the restoration and redevelopment of Friars Mill.

"By bringing new life to these buildings as much-needed workspaces, we can help preserve an important part of the city's industrial and architectural heritage."

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