Historical remnants drive design of Leicester shopping center

Remains of a 15th century church and a Roman townhouse have changed architectural plans for a UK£30 million, nine-storey, 2,000-space car park at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, England. The contemporary parking garage has been redesigned to protect the ancient treasures.

Among the changes was the placement of pilings in the garage's substructure. Pick Everard architect Chris Gilbert, said: "It was inspirational working alongside Norwest Holst on this prestigious and high quality design project which has had such an enormous impact on the city."