Bennison Footbridge keeps residents connected

Work to build a new footbridge connecting Leicester’s Wolsey Island to Belgrave has been completed ahead of schedule.

6th Nov 2020 - Developments

The Bennison Footbridge, which was due to complete in December, provides a direct route for pedestrians and cyclists between Abbey Meadows and Belgrave, with improved access to the canal towpath. It was named after businessman, philanthropist and owner of the British United Shoe Machinery empire, Charles Bennison.

Work was carried out on behalf of Leicester City Council by Countryside and was the final phase of the developer’s £25million regeneration of the former Wolsey Factory site into 188 new homes and apartments. The development comprises both private and affordable homes and was built in partnership with leading housing association Midland Heart.

It’s been a pleasure working with Countryside and the city council to bring a number of much-needed new affordable homes to the heart of Leicester. This bridge is the final chapter in the Wolsey Island story, providing a lasting physical link between the city and the thriving new community we’ve created on the island.

Glenn Harris, Chief Executive