Plans Approved to Redevelop Former “Eco House” for Community Use

The ambitious plans to redevelop Leicester’s former “Eco House” have now received planning permission! These plans will see a major refurbishment of the vacant building and land in Western Park, creating a new community building to be managed by Western Ward Community Enterprise (WWCE).

After standing vacant and derelict for a number of years, the planned redevelopment has already received substantial public support, following a successful crowdfunding campaign which kickstarted the design stage. The significant funds raised by the campaign will allow the WWCE to use the detailed designs and photorealistic imagery provided by GSSArchitecture to support a bid for further national funding.

The former “Eco House” was a symbol of Leicester’s status as the UK’s first Environment City, which was an example of the latest technologies available within environmental design when it opened in 1989. When developing the initial plans, GSS carefully considered the history of the site in order to respect the environmental ethos of the house, by the creation of a sustainable, eco-friendly and bio-diverse development at the heart of the community.

In addition to the variety of community spaces that will be available within Project Hive, there will also be both indoor and outdoor teaching areas, available for use by local schools.

Speaking of the recent success for this project, Anna McAuley, Chair of WWCE, said, “This is such a tremendous milestone for the members of the WWCE, but also for the community in its entirety. GSS have been incredibly supportive and offered us unconditional advice all the way through. From this point onwards, the hard work begins. Finding approximately £500K for the build is no mean feat, but we hope that we can forge some fantastic partnerships with local businesses and educational facilities to keep the costs down as much as possible. Anyone interested can make contact via email:

Leicester's derelict "Eco House" at Western Park