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Tigers Project

The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), has successfully steered an ambitious £100 million regeneration blueprint for Leicester Tigers rugby union club through planning.

FWP, which was behind the successful transformation of Preston North End's famous Deepdale ground,  worked closely with Leicester planners to make the regeneration plans work for the club and the city.

The project managers will now oversee the regeneration of land around Leicester Tigers' new £30 million stadium, with the construction of a four-star hotel, multi-storey car park and major office development. 

The scheme includes a new building for Leicester's hospitals and accommodation for students in the city. AFL is the project architect.

David Robinson, managing partner of  FWP, which has offices in Preston, London and Manchester, said: “This is a major regeneration project for Leicester and the Tigers management team recognised our expertise in steering large-scale schemes through the complex planning process.

“Our team of experts worked closely with the club to produce the submission to planners that we believe will truly enhance the area and give Leicester a landmark development to be proud of.”

FWP is also the driving force behind the large-scale redevelopment of rugby union giant Leicester Tigers’ famous Welford Road ground.

The architecture and design practice is the overall project and cost manager on the scheme to raise the ground’s capacity to 30,000 by 2011 and create an iconic stadium for one of the powerhouses of European rugby union.

The plan is the latest in a number of high-profile projects successfully driven through the planning process by FWP.

David Clayton, managing director of Leicester Tigers, is delighted with the planners’ decision to give permission for the innovative project.

“We are not looking to make a return. We have put a scheme together that satisfies the needs of key organisations in Leicester.”

An FWP team is overseeing and driving forward the project to raise the club ground’s capacity to 30,000 – creating the largest purpose built club rugby stadium in the country.

FWP is working closely with the project architects AFL, which has also designed the latest development plans.

At least two major hotel groups are vying to build a 141-room luxury hotel on site. Other proposals include a grand plaza linking the hotel with the Tigers stadium.

FWP has also carried out project design and management work for other rugby clubs and a string of racecourses.

It is part of the team behind an ambitious £100 million plan to create a new racecourse and forest park in Salford on behalf of property giant Peel Holdings.

FWP is the architect behind Preston North End’s highly acclaimed Deepdale regeneration, including a new 4,000-seater Invincibles Pavilion, inside which is a health centre operated by the local Primary Care Trust. It has also drawn up a masterplan for the development of Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park ground.

 And the firm was both project manager and cost manager on the acclaimed £32 million Doncaster racecourse revamp – designing and delivering an impressive new grandstand and other improvements on budget and on time. 

For more information on FWP’s projects and expertise, visit www.­fwpgroup.­co.­uk

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