You have chosen your winner. We will now notify all the other architects. We will contact you soon.


Your project brief has now been submitted for review and our dedicated advisors will be in contact within the next 24hrs.

In the meantime, check out our amazing community of architects and start creating your list of favourite projects. This will let the architects know what sort of design you love.

Please verify your email address

Thank you for signing up to Architects' Republic. Please look for a verification email in your inbox and click the link to continue.

It looks like you have already signed up. Please to continue

Your account has not been verified yet. Please check your email and click link provided to verify your account.

Welcome to Architects' Republic.

An activation email has been sent. Please check your email.

Your account has been verified but has not yet been activated. We will be in touch shortly.

Password reset

Enter your email. We will send you a password update link.

A password reset link has been sent. Please check your email.



Create Client Account


By showing interest in this brief - please confirm you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

  I agree to terms          

Thank you

We are pleased to confirm we have received your submission and we will be in touch once the client has made their decision.



London, United Kingdom

Levitate - Friars Mill


A catalytic regeneration project within the Leicester Waterside

Friars Mill before

Friars Mill before 

Friars Mill materials

Friars Mill materials 

Friars Mill

Friars Mill 

Friars Mill riverside

Friars Mill riverside 

Situated on the banks of the River Soar, Friars Mill is Leicester’s oldest wool mill, dating back to the 18th century. As the wool and textile industry thrived, and technology developed, the site around the original mill became densely occupied with buildings. However, by the end of the 20th century, the owners had moved on and the premises lay empty, falling into disrepair and eventually suffering a fire that destroyed the roof of the main mill. At this point, Leicester City Council stepped in, buying the Grade II listed buildings and site to safeguard their future.

Our work started with a feasibility study, examining appropriate uses for the existing buildings while also providing a framework for the site to be developed as demand increased in the future. This study recommended the provision of modern, high quality, creative workspaces within the mill buildings, enhancing the city’s existing portfolio.

The approach taken to the conservation and reuse of these buildings was simple: strip back the modern interventions and services to reveal the historic spaces and features, and add in discrete new elements that complement the building.

Key to this is the new managed workspace use, which limits the necessary subdivision and allows the inherent qualities of the building to be enjoyed. Internally, painted timber walls respond to the established rhythm of the structural beams, with slot windows highlighting cast iron columns and lines of structure. Externally, new services and circulation are housed in zinc and glass extensions, reducing the impact on the interiors.

This project establishes a sustainable and appropriate new use for this previously derelict and at risk group of buildings, and in doing so capitalises on and elevates the character and features of the historic spaces.