Abbey Gate


Atkinson Design Associates purchased No. 1 Abbey Gate in 1990. The building was a redundant public house “The Cricketers Rest” and occupies a waterfront site one mile north of the City Centre. When we purchased the building the pub was derelict and had been boarded up for a number of years.  The building re-design included consequential remodelling to the northern façade and the full restoration of the south elevation river terrace and façade. As a result of the change in use and the derelict state of the building, the interior required fundamental remodelling. The site remains an important gateway to the City of Leicester, sitting at the northern city edge adjacent to a river crossing established by the Roman City 2,000 years earlier. The design studio is a very light and optimistic workplace. The interior remodelling seeks to maximise daylight penetration. The ground and first floors were opened up into open plan floor plates.