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Case Study: Public Realm

Leicester Market

Location: Leicester City Centre

Client: Leicester City Council

Sector: Public Realm

Value: £7.5m

A new award-winning marketplace regeneration scheme in the centre of Leicester. The historic market held ageing stalls and roof built back in the 1970’s. The brief was to transform the market and create a shopping destination for modern day trading and a solution which is fit for the 21st century. This included a new café, planting and public art, and a dedicated area to temporary stalls.

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The new market roof was optimised to ensure natural daylight (see image of overshading studies) to market goers, using daylight linked luminaires to save artificial lighting energy


A photovoltaic panel array and public display of energy generation lends legibility to the public’s perception of the Clients commitment to sustainable development.


All electric HVAC solution to the market café to ensure the whole development can operate without the need for fossil-fuels to be consumed.

With the regeneration offering an exciting and enhanced public realm space, security and surveillance were key elements of the electrical design.


The project also included major upgrades to the HV/LV electrical infrastructure that was otherwise preventing developments around the market.  The solution met the needs of the market redevelopment whilst enabling future developments. 

“You and the team have been stars in pulling this together and supporting us in this”


David Hickman – Lead Consultant, Hickman & Smith Architects

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