Premiership rugby club Leicester Tigers have moved a step closer to development of a new hotel complex on the 1.7-acre Granby Hall car park site adjacent to Welford Road stadium.
Plans are in place for the £22 million development with the proposed hotel including 165 rooms over five floors, together with meeting rooms and conference space, reception, lounge and dining areas, and a leisure complex including fitness suite, restaurant, sky bar and retail units.
The plans also include car parking for hotel guests and enhanced Leicester Tigers conference, corporate and supporter facilities.
Welford Road already offers 35 suites and almost 3,500 square metres of event space and is the largest venue of its kind in the East Midlands.
In 2016, Leicester City Council agreed to sell the Granby Halls site, which is currently used as an NCP car park, to the club. Tigers are now close to finalising planning details with the city council.
Club chief executive Simon Cohen said:
I’m pleased to announce further news on the proposed development of the Granby Halls car park site. It’s been a detailed process to get to this point and we thought it was important to share an update on the progress so far.
Liaising with potential investors and the city council, we’re close to reaching an agreement with a global hotel provider to operate a high-quality hotel complex which will add an exciting dimension for fans, partners, businesses and the city of Leicester.
As UK rugby’s best-supported club, sport continues to be a driving force in putting this city on the map and the fact that we will be able to offer top-of-the-range accommodation will enhance the city’s strong sporting profile.
The proposed hotel and site redevelopment has been led by national construction consultancy Pick Everard, whose head office is in Leicester city centre.
Managing partner Duncan Green has worked closely with the Leicester Tigers board of directors in liaising with Leicester City Council and prospective investors. Green said: Building a high-quality hotel at the Tigers will significantly strengthen their place as a major sporting, leisure and community destination.
Working with Leicester City Council and the club, we have been able to develop a scheme that makes the best use of the old Granby Halls site, supporting the Tigers and reaching out to businesses and the local communities through its new facilities and jobs.
It’s a great scheme that will create a new Leicester landmark and will continue the progression of high-quality developments that are so important to the city.
Development of the site could be completed for the 2019/20 season.