LCB Depot

Once Leicester’s central bus depot, this site was transformed into a thriving studio and workspace hub. The letters LCB — once short for Leicester City Buses — came to stand for Leicester Creative Business.

A converted building and a new building sit either side of a central courtyard, together accommodating more than fifty studios and workspaces, as well as meeting rooms, galleries and a lively café. Demand for space was such that this development became a model for a similar scheme in the city.

2006 RIBA Award

2006 EM Award 

Client: Leicester City Council

Funding: Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Economic Partnership, European Regional Development Fund and East Midland Development Agency

Duration: 14 months

Gross floor area: 3,610 sqm

Gross area refurbishment: Building A 2,370 sqm

Gross area new build: Building B 1,240 sqm

Total project cost: £4.75m

Contractor: Clegg Construction

Project Management: Focus

Structural Engineer: Diamond

M+E Engineer: EP Consulting

Sustainability and Environmental Consultant: WSP

Cost Consultant: Turner and Townsend

Branding: Newenglish