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Grants scheme will shine a light on city’s architectural treasures

Published on Friday, March 23, 2018

A NEW city council grant scheme to help property owners put more of Leicester’s architectural treasures in the spotlight has been announced.

Under the new scheme, building owners can bid for a grant of up to £30,000 to support architectural feature lighting projects in and around the city centre.

It is part of a wider strategy to use carefully designed lighting schemes to enhance key city centre buildings and spaces and help create a more attractive environment after dark for visitors, workers and residents.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Leicester has a wealth of attractive and historically important architecture that can go unnoticed above shop fronts by day and be completely lost in the darkness at night.

“Architectural feature lighting can make a huge difference to the ambience of a street and create a much welcoming and visually interesting environment after dark. We hope the new grants will encourage local property owners to work with us to light more of the city centre in this way.

“This will help us in our continued efforts to create a thriving city centre for retail, business and leisure.”

The new grant scheme will build on a council-led pilot project which saw architectural feature lighting installed at ten city centre buildings. This included Café Bruxelles on High Street; St Nicholas Church; Hotel Maiyango on Jubilee Square; and the YMCA Building and upper floors of Blunts Shoes at the gateway to Granby Street.

Leicester City Council worked on the first phase of lighting designs and wider strategy with Sutton Vane Associates, whose previous projects include lighting the site of the London 2012 Olympics, the Crown Jewels, the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle and the Titanic Belfast, as well as numerous city architectural lighting schemes.

The city council has set aside £200,000 of Leicester Economic Action Plan funding to support the new grant scheme. Any award made through the scheme must be match-funded by the applicant.

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