£50m Development Shows Future’s Bright For City

The £50 million regeneration of the wider Great Central Square has continued with the opening of the new Novotel hotel and Adagio apartments along with independent restaurant NineB.

Offering 252 rooms that cater for over 500 guests, as well as bespoke meeting spaces and boardrooms, the new hotel significantly strengthens the development’s corporate offering, Great Central Square also includes No.1 Great Central Square, comprising 33,000 square feet of Grade A office space. The building, which has five floors of rooms available to rent; will provide flexible spaces for creative, independent businesses, entrepreneurial SMEs and established brands.

The independent restaurant and bar NineB, located in the same building as the hotels, will provide hotel and apartment guests, as well as members of the public, a stylish new hub within the development in which to eat, drink and socialise, offering modern British food with an international twist.

James Conaghan, general manager of the hotels, said: “These are exciting times for the city of Leicester. Its reputation as a national tourist destination is growing, which is creating a clear demand for more hotel rooms and eateries to cater for the influx of visitors, tourists and businesses. We’re all thrilled with this development, and we hope the city and its residents will feel a sense of pride too.”

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The investment from Novotel and Adagio is a ringing endorsement of Leicester as a place that is continuing to grow as a visitor destination, with record numbers of people choosing to spend time in our city. We have built on the momentum generated by the King Richard III story and Leicester City’s amazing Premier League win and as a result, visitor numbers are growing year on year. According to recent tourism figures, over 11 million people visited Leicester last year and, after six years of continued growth, tourism was worth more than £650 million to the local economy”.

Main Photo: Nine B Leicester private dining section – image credit Evoke Pictures

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