Highcross, Leicester city centre’s new focus for premium quality shopping and entertainment, opened to the public in September 2008. Developed in a 60:40 joint venture by Hammerson and Hermes, the £350 million scheme has more than doubled the retail provision in this part of the city. Comprising a substantially refurbished shopping centre, formerly known as The Shires, and the creation of an additional 60,000 m2 of new retail, leisure, restaurant, and residential accommodation on an adjacent 10 hectare site, Highcross has been seamlessly integrated to provide a single vibrant destination of over 100,000 m2.
Developed in close consultation with Leicester City Council and URC Leicester Regeneration, Highcross represents a major part of a wider regeneration programme to revitalise the city.
Over £3 billion is currently being invested in new projects and developments including a high-speed rail connection to mainland Europe. When completed, these schemes, together with the combination of premier city centre living, shopping, dining and entertainment provided by Highcross, will position Leicester as the dominant regional destination for the East Midlands.
At Highcross, seven award-winning design firms were brought together to create a new style of destination for the city integrating an exciting mix of architecture, dramatic landmarks, newly created open streets and squares, restored street patterns and historic buildings.
Internationally acclaimed design practice, Foreign Office Architects, has been responsible for the creation of two iconic landmark buildings – the four level flagship department store for John Lewis and a Cinema de Lux 12-screen multiplex – making Leicester the first UK location to see buildings by these celebrated architects.
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