Henry Brothers appointed on £13.3m Leicester business hub scheme

Pilot House in Leicester, where Henry Brothers has been appointed to complete a major construction scheme

MAGHERAFELT-headquartered Henry Brothers has been appointed to deliver a new £13.3 million business hub in Leicester city centre.

The scheme involves renovating a cluster of heritage buildings in King Street to create a modern home for creative businesses in support of around 250 new jobs.

Five separate but interconnected buildings at Pilot House will be transformed into 60,000 sq ft of high quality accommodation, including a central, glass-fronted communal courtyard and atrium.

Leicester City Council awarded the construction contract to Henry Brothers (, and work has now started on site.

Henry Brothers Construction managing director Ian Taylor said: “This renovation project which will breathe new life into the historic Pilot House and help to boost Leicester’s economy and growth.

“It’s a superb development which includes the retention of existing industrial features, including parquet flooring and exposed brick and beams.

“Henry Brothers has significant experience of working on heritage and renovation projects and we are very pleased to have now started on site with our team and alongside our partners who are working on this key development.”

Other members of the construction team include architects RG+P and structural engineer M-EC.

Pilot House was a factory built in around 1900. The sensitive redevelopment will transform the building into a business zone for technical and digital companies, complete with a co-working lounge and a central courtyard and atrium for shared use.

The aim is for it to be a permanent base for businesses of varying sizes, from start-ups to established companies, once the development has been completed in early 2025.

Henry Brothers Construction, which has its head office in Beeston, Nottingham, is part of The Henry Group, which comprises a number of manufacturing and construction sector companies, ranging from external construction through to interiors fit out.

In partnership with its valued clients, it has a proven track record in education, defence, commercial, industrial, transport and healthcare sectors.