The Wheatsheaf Works is an exciting development by Urban Rhythm on the edge of Leicester City centre.
Creatively designed and with a contemporary twist, the Wheatsheaf Works is the epitome of modern living and features a combination of refurbished Grade II listed buildings as well as offering some unique new townhouse designs.
The development, comprises 172 high quality homes with the ornate, Neo-Jacobean main factory building being converted into a series of townhouses using contemporary interventions into the existing fabric of the building.The homes are located around an extensive landscaped courtyard, helping to ensure the development has a real sense of community
The new build houses contrast the beautiful historic faηade of the listed buildings helping to create this new community drawing on the founding principles of the Co-operative philosophy of community living.
The Wheatsheaf Works is ideally located with an abundance of local amenities on the nearby Welford Road and fashionable Queens Road area. Leicester is a short walk or bus ride away, while its proximity to the M69 and M1 motorways, means other parts of the UK are easily accessible.
Urban Rhythmn have worked to ensure that these homes reach either Eco Homes Level 'Very Good' or Code Sustainable Homes Level 3.
When it was built in 1891, Wheatsheaf Works was the largest footwear factory in the world.
Owned by the Co-operative Wholesale Society, it supplied a wealth of employment opportunities in Leicester. The area was at the centre of much commercial activity and its iconic clock tower could be seen for many a mile across south Leicester.
Unfortunately, as the face of world manufacturing changed and with the emergence of the Asian markets, production at the site became unprofitable and the factory became redundant and fell into disrepair. The impressive clock stopped ticking and its chimes could no longer be heard along the Welford Road.
In March 2010 Urban Rhythm, part of the Hazelton Group of Companies, agreed to purchase the Wheatsheaf Works; with its two Grade II listed factory buildings and clock tower, Urban Rhythm will transform the site into 172 high quality homes to meet the housing needs of the local community. What's more, Urban Rhythm have pledged to restore the clock tower back to its former glory. Soon the iconic clock will be ringing out over South Leicester again.
Choice of doors and laminate worktops from a selected Symphony range. *
Worktops complete with upstands.
Stainless steel single bowl sink with chrome mixer taps (1 ½ bowl sink to The Lord Byron house type).
Appliances by Zanussi;
1. Stainless steel single oven, ceramic hob and chimney hood (double oven to The Lord Byron).
2. Free standing fridge/freezer in silver finish (applies to The Lord Byron only).
3. Integrated dishwasher (applies to The Lord Byron only).
Choice of ceramic floor tiles. *
Vitra S20 bathroom suite with Kaldewei steel bath.
Chrome brassware from Vado.
Thermostatic shower to en-suite and over the bath.
Half height tiling to bathroom and en-suite walls where basin and WC are fitted.
Full height tiling to shower cubicles and over bath.
Choice of ceramic wall and floor tiles. *
Chrome heated towel rail.
Decorative & internal finishes
All internal doors to be two panel with white gloss finish.
Double sliding doors between kitchen and living room (except The Shakespeare, The Sheridan and The Herrick house types).
Choice of built in wardobes fitted with sliding doors. *
All internal woodwork to be painted in Crown brilliant white gloss.
Internal walls to be Crown Covermatt emulsion in Barley White.
Smooth plastered ceilings painted in white Crown Covermatt emulsion.
Polished chrome ironmongery.
Grey PVCu double glazed windows and French doors.
Steel-faced front door painted grey.
Landscaped front garden and turfed rear garden.**
Buff riven paving slabs to patio and paths.
Timber shed complete with a steel locking rack for cycle storage.
1800 high closeboard divisional & boundary fencing (boundary treatments to be confirmed with sales advisor).
Water butt and outside tap provided to the rear of each home.
Private block paved parking bays (parking allocation for a specific plot to be confirmed with sales advisor).
Air source heat pump fired central heating.
Underfloor heating to ground floor.
Radiators to first floor fitted with thermostatic radiator valves (except landing).
Lighting, electrics & security
Nacoss certified intruder alarm system.
Pelmet lighting to kitchen.
Recessed chrome downlighters to kitchen area, bathroom and en-suite.
Ceiling pendant lighting to all other rooms.
Brushed chrome switches and sockets to kitchen area.
Wiring for Virgin Media.
Wiring for wall mounted television at mid wall position in living room.
Telephone and television points fitted to living room and bedroom one.
Telephone point to smallest bedroom.
Loft light with power for TV booster.
External light fittings to front and rear.
Smoke detectors wired to mains with battery back up.
10 year LABC New Home Warranty.
Subject to stage of construction.
Variations to specific plots. Please ask our sales advisor for further details.
This specification was correct at the time of going to press (November 2011). Urban Rhythm have a policy of constantly reviewing and updating specifications of all homes and therefore reserve the right to change any detail without notice.
Meridian Leisure Park boasts a crowd of restaurants as well as a VUE cinema, Hollywood Bowl and David Lloyd gym amongst others. Leicester's cultural quarter which includes the very impressive Curve Theatre also offers a range of entertainment with De Montfort Hall also hosting some of the biggest names in comedy, music and on stage drama.
Leicester is a city of many sports. It boasts successful football, rugby and cricket teams which have inspired many local teams as well as creating the opportunity for viewing sports at their top levels.
The Highcross Shopping Centre offers a large range of shopping including all major high street brands. Further retail therapy can be found at Fosse Park which is just a short journey outside the centre.
Schools and education
Leicester has several academic institutions for students of all ages and abilities. Amongst the primary and secondary schools there are the well thought of University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Leicester College. These offer a range of further education courses all of which prepare and enable students to peruse a range of careers.
- Millgate School - Secondary (0.1 miles)
- Knighton Fields Primary School and Community Centre (0.3 miles)
- The Lancaster School - Secondary (0.4 miles)
The Wheatsheaf Works is ideally situated for commuting. Leicester is a short walk or bus ride away, while its proximity to the M69 and M1 motorways, means Coventry, Birmingham, Northampton, Nottingham and Derby all within easy reach.
It is also conveniently located close to both Birmingham International and East Midlands airports.
Open 10.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday to Monday
Tel: 0116 443 2117 Local call rate
At Hazelton Homes we endorse a simple philosophy, that is, to listen to our customers and meet their expectations with a high and caring level of service. For over twelve years we have created new lifestyles for our customers, by designing elegant town and country homes built to the most exacting specifications, using the very best of materials which blend easily into each new environment. Location is paramount to our success; each development is thoroughly researched prior to build to ensure that the location can meet and surpass the demanding standards for todays lifestyle.