Friar Lane


A £5.4 million new build contemporary student accommodation scheme in Leicester City Centre

Works are now underway on this new build development which includes 90 self-contained studio apartments, communal areas and social spaces, plus a secure and private communal garden.

The high quality accommodation scheme is a five storey build with a recessed element being four storeys, aimed to provide a transition between this and the lower buildings further along Friar Lane. With piled foundations, a steel frame, brick and cladding facade the modern internal designs incorporate energy efficient measures such as thermal insulation, ventilation and energy efficient fixtures and fittings. The external building style has been designed to be sympathetic to the surrounding area which has recently benefited from targeted regeneration and development.

The site is situated within the Greyfriars Conservation Area and was logistically challenging due to the confined city centre location, requiring careful organisation and traffic management.

  • Client:

    Obtrat (Care of East Bond) Ltd

  • Architect:

    Yeme Architects

  • Programme:

    54 weeks


“Stepnell are appointed on our site at Friar Lane which sits within the Greyfriars conservation area. Early archaeology investigations presented a curveball to the programme, Stepnell were quick to react to support the additional works required to mitigate time pressure. They worked professionally and courteously with all stakeholders, including communication with neighbours. On site they have a competent and pleasant team who work efficiently with compliance and safety prioritised at all times. The site is always left clean and tidy after each shift, and due care is taken to ensure any public spaces adjacent to site are kept immaculate. Communication from site management is always clear, concise and to the point.

Problem solving, creativity and a quality led focus on getting the job done makes Stepnell the ideal construction partner.”

Hamza Bodhaniya, Director of Operations, Obstrat