Horsefair Street, Leicester
This project, situated in the heart of Leicester City Centre, is a fantastic example of Urban Acupuncture – using small-scale interventions which relieve pressure in key areas to transform the larger urban context. The building is located between two areas of great significance within the city: Leicester Market and the Town Hall Square. The direct route between the two was cramped and deprived of natural light; factors which are widely believed to encourage anti-social behaviours.
The proposals introduced a new pedestrian link between two historic areas of Leicester City Centre in a more open and inviting way, while at the same time removing a 1970’s infill building that is incongruous with the character of the conservation area. The new cloaking wall hides the unsightly supporting structure to the existing retained facades of the neighbouring buildings and was designed to follow the rhythm and proportions of the listed façade using a material palette that is sympathetic to the area’s heritage. The recesses in the new façade have been designed to allow for murals which provide additional interest whilst telling the story of the Market and enticing passers-by to the area.
The approachability of Adam, David, and their colleagues was very helpful for us. It was useful to have their take on our ideas-validating them or where they felt necessary challenging them. This was done in a constructive way.
My experience of Hickman and Smith could not have been better. The result of their effort is just terrific.
Outstanding service. Professional and innovative. Listened to our wishes. Great results. David and Adam provided a very professional service throughout our project.
They were innovative in their approach and suggested a range of design and layout options that my wife and I had not even realised would be possible.
We used Hickman & Smith for our project. They came up with a number of ideas to create the space and feel we were after. David Gladstone was unfailingly patient. Fees were fair and transparent.
No hesitation in recommending to others.
My go to architects for any project of any size.
Brilliant from day one to completion.
Hickman and Smith have creatively designed us a comfortable 3 bedroom home including very usable rooms with storage upstairs where we only expected a loft space.
The end result is a very special ‘forever’ home in a lovely rural setting.