The Leicester Tigers have announced plans to redevelop the old Granby Hall car park site at Welford Road into a new hotel complex.
The £22 million development will face the club’s 26,000-capacity ground. It will boast 165 rooms over five floors and will also include a conference space, lounge, dining areas, as well as a car park and leisure complex complete with a fitness suite, restaurant, sky bar and retail units.
Back in 2016, Leicester City Council agreed to sell the Granby Halls site which is currently being used as an NCP car park.
Close to finalising plans with City Council, the proposed hotel and site redevelopment has been led by national construction consultancy Pick Everard. Managing partner Duncan Green has worked closely with the Leicester Tigers board of directors in liaising with Leicester City Council and prospective investors.
Leicester Tigers 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.”
Duncan Green, managing partner at Pick Everard, added: “Building a high-quality hotel at the Tigers will significantly strengthen their place as a major sporting, leisure and community destination.
“Working with the 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, said Duncan.
“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.”
Leicester Tigers is planning for the development of the site to be completed for the 2019/20 season.