Lee Circle Car Park (LE1)

Possibly the first automatic multi-storey car park in Europe!

Built in the 1960s, Lee Circle, and its fellow car parks which circle the city centre, were an attempt to cope with the growing number of cars coming into Leicester. It is said to have been the first automatic multi-storey car park in Europe and it housed, at the time, what was reputed to be the largest supermarket in the UK, the first Tesco outside London. It also hosted a bowling alley and for a short period Lee Circle was the place to be seen.

'The tremendous horizontality of the protective concrete walls produces a dramatic, almost nautical response to a difficult brief.'


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School of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
Museum Studies Building
19 University Road
Leicester LE1 7RF