A Haven of Peace in the City
Posted on 22nd March 2018
Leicester’s regeneration is set to continue with the creation of this new luxury overnight accommodation facility, close to St Martins House conference centre and the site where Richard III’s remains were found.
ST MARTINS LODGE
An elegant £1.8m development to be called ‘St Martins Lodge’ is being created on Peacock Lane opposite Leicester Cathedral. Once completed in October 2018, the Lodge will be a unique addition to the variety of places to stay in the heart of Leicester, providing luxury accommodation for the tourism and conference market within the city. The Georgian building, formerly used as offices, will offer premium overnight accommodation with 28 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, including a top floor suite, two accessible rooms, car parking and breakfast provision overlooking Cathedral Gardens.
The Lodge will be the latest development in the exciting regeneration of the area which has already seen the creation of the peaceful and attractive Cathedral Gardens as a public space for city residents and visitors to enjoy. This part of Leicester is also currently being boosted by City Council investment to develop the surrounding streets and buildings, enhancing the local heritage, and is home to the famous protected car park where the remains of King Richard III were discovered.
St Martins Lodge will blend seamlessly with its surroundings in this historic quarter of the city. Its proximity to the Cathedral, the Guildhall and to St Martins House conference centre will also mean that it will be ideal for people wishing to stay in accommodation close to their meeting, event or wedding venue, as well as anyone visiting other parts of the city.
Having been empty and unused for some time, the building was acquired by the Diocese of Leicester’s Glebe Committee, which generates income from investments in land and property to help pay salaries and pensions for the clergy in Leicestershire.
St Martins House is a renowned conference and events centre run by the Diocese of Leicester and its staff are very pleased at the opportunity that the Lodge presents to extend their business. Nick Quinn, Director of St Martins House, is delighted. We will now be able to offer a 24-hour conference rate including overnight accommodation alongside our existing function room hire and catering facilities. Suitable accommodation nearby is frequently requested by our conference guests and wedding hosts, so it's fantastic that the Lodge will be adding to the room capacity of the city. We are thrilled at this new addition to the now thriving, historical sector of the city.
The Chair of the Glebe Committee, David Beeson, believes this is a welcome extension of the amenities and ambience of the Cathedral quarter and will help bring more people to businesses in this part of Leicester. He said: "We have been hoping to add local, high-class accommodation to the Glebe portfolio for some time now, and the ideal opportunity in this beautiful building has been presented. There are significant synergies which tie cultural, business and spiritual operations together in this part of the city and we can support both Richard lll tourism and other users of the Cathedral and surrounding venues and businesses."
Market Harborough company, Corporate Architecture, has designed an interior layout for the Lodge, and interior design specialists, Fabers, will create individual rooms in sympathy with the character of the original Georgian building. Stepnell Ltd, part of the Stepnell Group, is the appointed builder with extensive experience in a wide variety of sectors. The project is set to be completed by October 2018, with bookings for the autumn expected to open via a new website to be launched in April in partnership with St Martins House conference centre.
St Martins House is a high class conferencing and events venue which has the capacity for a wide range of event sizes and styles. Contact us to discuss your requirements by calling 0116 261 5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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