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Creation of public realm space as part of a new gateway to the south of Nottingham city centre

Broadmarsh Public Realm

This public realm project has been delivered as part of the creation of a new gateway to the south of Nottingham city centre with the demolition of Broadmarsh shopping centre and the construction of a new multi-storey car park, bus station, library and Nottingham College’s new City Hub.

Our design team has worked with key project stakeholders to support delivery of an interconnecting public realm between these developments, creating an exciting new public space in the centre of Nottingham.

Channel drains had to be positioned carefully to avoid the existing underground services and any proposed landscape features, for example, the trees and foundations of benches, etc.

The site is situated on a busy junction with existing buildings and infrastructure, which required extensive surveys to establish their structural forms. Design coordination of the public realm work has been challenging due to the number of stakeholders, contractors and designers involved in this project.

Where possible, the proposed ground was designed to fall toward the soft landscaping areas to minimise any increase of surface water run off to the existing drainage network and provide a better discharge rate.

Channel drains were integrated with the paving patterns to provide a high-quality finish that avoided the requirement for any cutting on site, minimising waste.

Careful consideration has been given to the public realm and landscape scheme, with a focus on user experience and healthy communities, providing valuable greening, flexible use and important amenities.

Areas linking the new buildings offer bright, tree-lined avenues with high quality granite paving, feature lighting, bespoke precast concrete and recycled timber street furniture. Rain gardens are incorporated to aid attenuation of rainwater on the road along with wildlife friendly planting, catering for pollinators while creating seasonal interest through colour, texture, and scent.

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Nottingham City Council


In progress


Architecture, Landscape architecture, Civil engineering, Structural engineering



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