Living Landmarks


The Living Landmarks project was commissioned by the UK Arts Council Lottery Fund and Leicester City Council to accelerate the urban regeneration of central Leicester. The Landmark’s architectural team was led by Atkinson Design with Julian Marsh and Stephen George and Partners completing the team. Price and Myers were appointed as project structural engineers and Burro Happold as environmental and sustainable technology consultants. The six thousand square metre scheme was centred on a beautiful but derelict island in the Leicestershire river corridor, connecting communities to the West to the City Centre across a major new pedestrian deck. Six sustainable technology installations were imbedded into the scheme delivering a zero carbon project. These included two small CHP installations using wood pellet fuel delivering 70% of the project requirements for heat and electricity. The balance of electrical load was made up with a large photovoltaic array rising one hundred feet above the river, a linear helical wind generator, water source heat pumps and a small river embedded water turbine. Jon Nicholls, Head of the Leicester Regeneration Company was a champion of the project from day one stating “this derelict waterfront site is one of the most beautiful but neglected inner city sites remaining in the UK. If you can land me a landmark project of this quality it will accelerate the waterfront regeneration by at least four years.” Living Landmarks visuals by Tim Griffiths - Canwell Artworks.