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Report - Park International Hotel - Leicester - September 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by RichPDG, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. RichPDG

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    Warehouse:
    During world war 2 the building that originaly occupied the space that building now sits on was destroyed and it was not until 1955 that the go ahead was given to replace this. Its original usage was for warehousing of footware for "Freeman Hardy & Willis Ltd" along with lodgings for the company director and caretaker. Offices were also increasingly prominent durin this era too at one point with warehousing being almost completly abandoned in its latter days.

    Hotel:
    From what I can tell in 1970 the main tower was built and from then on the buildings use became that of a hotel along with the normal sort of things that go along with a hotel, from this point the hotel changed hands a vast number of times and has had many names how ever Park International Hotel appears to be its longest standing name.

    The Lower ground areas of the old warehouse were eventually used to house "Leicester Exhibition Centre" from 1980 onward.

    The building closed down in 2009 after a spate of issues including concrete falling from the main tower. Although from the early 2000s it was neither a well known or popular hotel which would have heavily contributed toward its demise.

    Plans for the buildings future were for student accomidation, creative workspaces, retail and resturants how ever it appears that the pot eventually ran dry and the building is stood there in a half stripped out state.

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