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Former factory transformation to retain parquet flooring

Leicester City Council has been awarded an £8.6 million grant towards a project to turn a former factory into a new business hub. The plans for the new Pilot House specify that many of the building’s original features will be retained, including the parquet flooring.

The factory is located off New Walk in Leicester. The factory was built in 1900, and it is one of a number of historical buildings found in the city. It is hoped that the new business hub will attract both creative start-ups and growing businesses. It could also offer training courses and activities to develop skills.

The local De Montfort University hopes that graduates from its arts and design programmes will find employment when the project is completed. Work on the project could start in 2023 and be completed by 2024.

According to Business Live, Peter Soulsby, the Mayor of Leicester, said:

“This project will transform a group of architecturally significant heritage buildings into a landmark destination that will become a source of pride for Leicester.”

The factory has several features that the developers want to retain, including beams, exposed brickwork and the original parquet flooring.

Woodblock flooring in Cheshire and Wirral commercial and residential properties is a popular choice for floors, but it can be expensive. Parquet is a form of woodblock flooring that is a solid investment. It adds value to the property and, as Pilot House demonstrates, lasts a long time. Old parquet flooring that is worn can be sanded and refinished so it looks new.

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