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Freemen’s Common Development Moves Forward

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The University of Leicester has released images of their multi-million-pound plan to overhaul Freemen's Common.

The university had earmarked the site off Welford Road as the location for a major student development project, which forms part of its wider £500 million plan to improve its estates around the city.

Under the plans, student accommodation of between five and 13 storeys tall would replace the existing buildings and a 300-space car park.

The plans are still under consideration, which were put forward by its partners Equitix and Kier.

The new Freemen's Common Student Village will consist of flats for around 1,200 students as well as a 550-space multi-storey car park.

In addition to the proposed student accommodation, the project also includes a four-storey teaching centre and a range of teaching spaces.

Commenting on the project, university director of estates and campus services Brita Sread, said: "Freemen's Common is an important project within our overall estates strategy, driven by our commitment to provide the highest quality facilities to inspire collaboration, achievement and wellbeing for students, staff and visitors."

"The site is in a prominent location within the city and we want to work with our partners to deliver a quality development that will stand the test of time."

If granted permission, construction work would commence in the summer, with the scheme due for completion in 2020.