Corporate Architecture was selected through competition to design and deliver £1.8 million, 28 room hotel opposite Leicester Cathedral. The high-end boutique hotel is being built by the Diocese of Leicester and will stand alongside a new community retreat for young people which Corporate Architecture is also engaged with, the retreat will be called The Community of the Tree of Life.
Both buildings are set to open in later this year and are a few feet away from the site where the bones of the late Richard III were discovered in 2012. These two developments will be part of the latest additions to the Leicester city’s Cathedral Quarter, which includes the highly acclaimed Richard III Visitor Centre.
Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold, Managing Director of Corporate Architecture, said: “This is great opportunity for Corporate Architecture to work within the newly evolving cultural quarter on two of the most exciting projects in the area.”
The hotel, which is called St Martin’s Lodge, will feature a penthouse style roof accommodation and will compliment the already successful St Martins House conference centre.
Talking to the Leicester Mercury, David Beeson, who chair of the Diocesan Glebe Committee which bought the land in 2015, said he was delighted the hotel plans would further enhance the Cathedral Quarter. He said: “We have been hoping to add local, high-class accommodation to the Glebe portfolio for some time now, and the ideal opportunity has been presented. There are significant synergies which tie the cultural, business and spiritual operations together and we can capitalise on both the King Richard lll tourism and users of the cathedral.”