The proposed Urban Wildlife Sanctuary on Soar Island provides space for education, exhibition and events plus offices for local nature trusts and charities overlooking a new public square along Soar Lane.

The artificial island was created between the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal in the 19th century and is today situated in the wildlife corridor through the city.

A new use establishes an alternative role for the island as a stepping stone across the water courses between the city centre and adjacent neighbourhoods.

The proposal includes the preservation of the tranquil woodland and embankments to increase biodiversity and habitats.

Pedestrian and cycling routes across the island will be improved and connected to the national cycle route through the city with improved access to the water.

The scheme was proposed to Leicester City Council as part of an International Ideas Competition.

Proposed view towards new square along Soar Lane Site layout
Design concept Existing industrial use on site