Highcross, Leicester


Reconfiguration to strengthen retailer presence in the mall and new externally facing food and drink units to engage and activate the Shires Lane and High Street façades

Following House of Fraser’s closure at Highcross, Leicester, Urban Edge worked with Hammerson to develop proposals for the sub-division and remodelling of their existing four storey retail unit.

The approved scheme reconfigures existing floor space into a mix of retail, leisure and food and drink units, together with an extension of the rooftop car park. Internally, two new large format units provide strong retailer presence in the mall, whilst new outward-looking food and drink units reactivate the Shires Lane and High Street façades.

The proposals strengthen the link between St Pauls Square and Leicester’s busy High Street, with users drawn between the two by the architecture and activity created by new offers. The new façade units take references from the centre’s existing architecture and materials, maximising visibility into the shopfronts.

Works completed late 2018.

1,150,000 sq.ft

Retail accommodation

3,000 (approx)

Parking spaces


Annual footfall


Development budget