The property occupies a prominent frontage to the west side of Aylestone
Road (A426) with a return frontage to Brazil Street adjacent to a major traffic junction approximately 1 mile south of the Clock Tower at the heart of Leicester City Centre.
The former Robinsons garage section comprises a two-storey showroom building with first floor offices and stores together with a single-storey workshop to the rear accessed from Brazil Street. The balance of the site is made up of surfaced car parking accessed from Aylestone Road.
|Showroom Facilities||399.29 sqm||4,298 sqft|
|First Floor Offices Stores||366.13 sqm||3,941 sqft|
|Workshop||329.43 sqm||3,546 sqft|
|Total Gross Internal Floor Area||1,094.85sqm||11,785 sqft|
|Outside:||Display Customer Car Parking.|
|Rear Car Park Site Area||0.337 Hectares / 0.833 Acres|
|Total Site Area||0.490 Hectares 1.2 Acres|
Existing Showroom Workshop Use and Car Parking.
Freehold with vacant possession.
Leicester is a major East Midland's city lying to the east of the M1 Motorway at Junctions 21 22 with Junction 21 being the link with the M69 Motorway accessing easily into the West Midlands. The city has, historically, been known for the hosiery and footwear industries although, more recently, warehousing and distribution has become a major employer alongside the motorway junction.
The subject property occupies a substantial and prominent frontage position to the west side of Aylestone Road (A426), with a return frontage to Brazil Street, adjacent to the major traffic junction with Almond Road approximately 1 mile south of the Clock Tower at the heart of Leicester City Centre. Aylestone Road and Almond Road form part of Leicester's Inner Ring Road System and Aylestone Road is one-way at this point with traffic flowing in a northerly direction towards the City Centre.
The surrounding area is mixed in terms of usage with residential properties immediately to the west and north, a Sports Ground to the south and west, Southfields College and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Ground to the north-west and Morrison Supermarket and extensive entertainment facilities immediately to the east and south-east. The Freemans Common Industrial Estate is only a short distance to the east and the Leicester City Football Ground is also nearby to the south-west. The Leicester Royal Infirmary and De Montfort University sites are also convenient.
The location is, therefore, readily accessible and, whilst there are no parking facilities along Aylestone Road, there are facilities along Brazil Street, some of which are resident-only permit parking.
The property effectively comprises two separate holdings, the first being the former Robinsons Garage on the corner of Aylestone Road and Brazil Street together with the vehicle display facilities to the south along the Aylestone Road frontage. The second is the car park area to the rear which has its eastern and southern boundaries fronting the sports ground which extends through to Burnmoor Street to the west.
The showroom and workshops are in two parts, with the Aylestone Road frontage building being of two-storey brick construction under a two bay pitched and slated, board lined roof incorporating patent glazed panels. The roof is, in the main, supported on a steel truss system. Externally the elevations to Aylestone Road and Brazil Street have feature concrete panel cladding with showroom windows to the ground floor, including a roller shutter access door on the Brazil Street frontage, and glazing to the first floor around the offices. Internally, the ground floor provides the showroom facility with a small area of offices to the rear extending into the rear workshop, and this has the benefit of suspended ceilings incorporating recessed lighting and ducted heating through the ceiling.
The first floor provides a range of offices along the frontage including a Board Room, together with WCs and kitchen facilities. There are suspended ceilings in this part of the building. To the rear of the offices are a range of stores and there is also a small area of mezzanine storage within the roof void.
The floors to the ground floor are concrete and most of the first floor of suspended board and joist construction and access between the floors, as well as by staircases, is by a small lift.
Adjacent to the southern elevation of this building is a small showroom extension which is single-storey with a brick plinth, glazed walls and a flat felted roof over. This links directly with the main showroom.
To the rear of the showrooms and with its frontage to Brazil Street is the workshop building which is of single-storey steel portal frame construction with brick walls incorporating glazing in the northern and southern elevations under an insulated corrugated asbestos cement sheet roof with translucent roof lights. The windows have the benefit of internal security bars. The floor is concreted with a tiled surface and the unit has an effective eaves height of some 3.91m /12ft 10in. The workshop has the benefit of its own WC facility, a rolling road and hydraulic ramp pit and has loading access via an electrically operated roller shutter door onto the Brazil Street frontage.
Outside these buildings is a small forecourt area which we are aware has been used for car parking and car display purposes in the past. There is also a small area of yard adjacent to the rear of the workshop which includes a number of oil tanks. Adjacent to the southern boundary of these buildings is a tarmac surfaced yard with vehicular access through a shared driveway from Aylestone Road. This is being used for vehicle display purposes and customer car parking.
The remainder of the site comprises the large predominantly tarmac surfaced car park adjacent to the cricket ground which is fully fenced and gated and benefits from an entry and exit barrier control system. Access to this area is via the same shared driveway as access is the display parking for the showroom. It is noted that there are also floodlights to this car park.
From measurements taken on site, we calculate the property provides the following approximate accommodation, measured on a gross internal basis in accordance with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Code of Measuring Practice (6th Edition):
|Ground Floor Showroom||378.67||4,076|
|First Floor Offices Stores||366.13||3,941|
|Total Gross Internal Floor Area||1,094.85||11,785|
|Outside:||Display Customer Car Parking.|
|Showroom Car Park Site Area:||0.152 Hectares / 0.376 Acres.|
|Rear Car Park Site Area:||0.337 Hectares / 0.833 Acres.|
|Total Site Area:||0.490 Hectares/1.211 Acres, (including access from Aylestone Road)|
We have made internet based enquiries of Leicester City Council, the Local Planning Authority, as detailed below but in general terms have presumed that all buildings, structures and operations currently existing within the various curtilages have the benefit of formal planning permission, building regulation and other required approvals and are, therefore, immune from any form of enforcement or action for termination by the respective authorities.
It should be noted that no formal search has been instigated and we recommend that verification be obtained from your legal advisers that the position is correctly stated in our report.
In the absence of information to the contrary and so far as it is material to value, we have assumed, that planning permissions are of a perpetual nature for the benefit of the premises.
Enquiries made of the Planning Authority indicate a long Planning history in respect of the showroom and workshop facilities with various Planning Permissions ranging through from the 1960s to the late 1980s. These confirm the authorised use of these premises for car showroom purposes. The 1967 Permission also indicates that part of the site was used as a Petrol Station.
Other enquiries indicate that the display forecourt and larger car park have been included in a larger proposal for residential development in this vicinity. At this stage there are no specific proposals but we consider it is reasonable to expect that an appropriate Planning Permission would be forthcoming in respect of the area already designated within the overall Persimmon proposal. The showroom and workshop facilities are effectively a non-conforming use, albeit that they are authorised, and one would anticipate that the Local Authority would probably support an Application for redevelopment of the site particularly since it potentially provides improved access into the rear car park area.
The premises are not listed and do not fall within a Conservation Area.
We were informed that the existing buildings have the benefit of mains water, electricity, drainage and gas. However no tests or checks have been carried out with regard to these services and it has been assumed, therefore, that they are free from defect and would satisfy the requirements of any appropriate statutory bodies.
Heating in the showroom and office areas is partially by ducting and partially by radiators being served by two Vaillant gas fired boilers. The workshop is heated by a suspended gas fired Powermatic blower heater.
We have assumed that the capacity of the services is adequate for the future use of the property but have been unable to verify that this is the case. In terms of the potential redevelopment of the property under consideration, we have assumed that all main services can be connected at normal cost and that there are no on or off site abnormal infrastructure or service provision costs which would be required.
All measurement are approximate and can be confirmed. Please contact us via email (Alison Lamb) [email protected] Offers considered in the region of £1.5 Million.