Take a look at JMS’ urban fox

Take a look at JMS’ urban fox

Wherever the words ‘civil’ ‘structural’ and ‘engineering’ are mentioned together, you’ll find JMS close by. In fact, that’s JMS founder Daniel Staines’ long term policy, and why their Leicester office is right at the heart of a £200million plus investment project that aims to bring major redevelopment to the city.

“It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally getting there,” says Leicester City Council’s Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby. He’s talking about the largest and most ambitious regeneration scheme the city has seen in several decades. It will involve the building of many new homes, create new jobs and boost economic output across the whole area.

Passing around the mayor’s hat

Sir Peter has spent many years soliciting investment for this ambitious scheme from public funds, government grants and private investors, who are ploughing hundreds of millions of pounds into various projects throughout the borough.

As these bold projects grow in scope, so does JMS Leicester. Under new Director Lynn Clancy’s command, the team will be playing key roles in many of these construction schemes. As more office, retail and residential schemes find funding, Lynn’s team will keep growing to accommodate them.

A case in point: Reynard House, Welford Road

This old and derelict building once served as office blocks, though now lies empty. Its great location close to De Montford University, the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the New Walk development for Mattiloli Woods, makes it an ideal spot to create new housing.

JMS are involved in an ambitious facelift that will change it into 79 residential apartments. As well as renovating the main building, it will be getting a large extension at the side and rear. Not content with that, they will be adding another three stories on top. If you’ve ever seen the work involved in a mere kitchen extension on your typical semi-detached house, you’ll understand how complex this project will be.

The architectural plans aim to enhance the 80’s look of the building. A palette of renders will cover the dark and dated brickwork and give it a modern contrasting look that promises to add a striking and exciting touch to the local skyline.

The design takes into account the fascia of a neighbouring building, a former factory turned residential conversion, and sympathetically reflects the design.

“Reynard House is just one of the many projects we’ve got in the pipeline,” says JMS Leicester’s Lynn Clancy. “With the scope and ambition of local investment in infrastructure planned for the coming years, it promises to be a very busy and exciting time for us.”

For more information visit the JMS website.

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