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Prime prospects for firms locating to 'Premier' city building

04 September 2017
A refurbished, landmark Leicester building has gained a new lease of life with recent lettings, promoting opportunities for local business. 

Leading Leicestershire commercial property specialist Andrew + Ashwell has completed the leasing of unique, high quality office suites at Premier House on Rutland Street, in the heart of the city’s Cultural Quarter. 

Built in 1875, on the corner of Rutland Street and Colton Street next to the LCB Depot, this Grade II-listed, former shoe and leather warehouse has undergone extensive renovation, having been vacant for nearly 20 years. 
Behind its Italianate, period façade the building has been sympathetically refurbished, providing four floors of high quality office accommodation, including timber-framed, sash windows and a ground floor reception retaining original Victorian features. The new, collaborative environment provides impressive kitchen, meeting and breakout facilities. There is a passenger lift serving each floor, LED lighting and 24-hour entry access systems. 
The third floor has been let to Umbilical Ltd International recruitment, with the second floor occupied by software firm Mindera Ltd. The companies have chosen to relocate here for the unique character and high standard of the building and its accommodation, as well as the potential it offers for expansion. 
Currently remaining is 3,227 sq ft of office space on the first floor and 5,935 sq ft on the ground and lower ground floors, suitable for a variety of occupants, including retail and leisure, or studio use. 

Neetal Popat, the scheme’s Project Manager, is delighted with the results of the new-look premises. 
“This is a wonderful Leicester landmark and I was very keen to bring a building of this stature back into the frame to give local small to medium-sized businesses the opportunity to work from a prestigious location in the city centre. 
“It is so important to promote smaller Leicester companies by enabling them to occupy high quality accommodation. There are many similar buildings in Leicester that would benefit from similar refurbishment, bringing them back to life and helping businesses to flourish.” 
Having worked closely with Neetal and her family on their commercial property portfolio over a number of years, Jane Taylor, Andrew and Ashwell Consultant, underlined the importance of projects like Premier House. 
“It is great to see the commitment and hard work that have gone into transforming this iconic city building. High quality accommodation is always in demand, yet there is an acute lack of available space of this standard.”