Hammerson redeveloped the Shires shopping centre, Leicester, into a modern retail centre, re-branded as Highcross. John Lewis were the anchor and we were commissioned to create a 2,000-space car park with glass link bridge.

The brief

The client wanted to create the UK’s highest specification car park, providing 2,000 spaces, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Distinctive yet cohesive with the centre, the car park had to incorporate six retail units and 24 residential properties. It would link to the shops by an unsupported bridge spanning four lanes of traffic and pedestrian walkways.

Our response

The site was of archaeological interest and during a survey archaeologists unearthed a 2,000 year old Roman townhouse and a 15th century church. This led to the substructure being radically amended.

The car park itself was designed using a bespoke mesh cladding in a hexagonal weave pattern – the first of its kind to be used on this scale – echoing Leicester’s textile industry.

Key facts 

  • We delivered 2,000 car parking spaces, six retail units and 24 residential properties.
  • We won the ProCon Large Scheme of the Year Award 2008.

Project Information

Client: Hammerson / Vinci