Public realm development to transform Nottingham City Centre

22 October, 2020

Work to regenerate the southern side of Nottingham City Centre has now started and we are delighted to be at the forefront of works to transform existing highways into a new green, pedestrian-friendly public space.

The multi-million-pound redevelopment will see the conversion of existing highways into open public realm spaces, it will drastically improve the city centre once completed, linking in with adjoining schemes for a new Broadmarsh car park and bus station, Central Library, Nottingham Castle visitor experience and Nottingham College City Hub.

The work brings forth the most significant changes to a city centre road layout for 15 years. Reducing four lanes of traffic to two lanes of bus and taxi only traffic on Canal Street will improve pedestrian and cycle routes from the south with upgraded streets, safer junctions and better pedestrian flows in the area.

The public realm space will feature both hard and soft landscaping along with feature lighting and outdoor socialising space for public use.

This development will create an open, vibrant, welcoming space to the city for anyone arriving by bus, tram, train, car or from walking in, rather than being met with eight lanes of traffic and a badly aged car park.

Javeed Virk, director at Pick Everard, said: “This next phase of the Nottingham Gateway scheme is a hugely important project for the city and will play a crucial role in the continued regeneration of the Southside. It comes at an exciting time for the city and we are very proud to be involved in this next stage of its transformation.

“This project is just one of the developments taking place in this area of Nottingham, so ongoing coordination with the various stakeholders of surrounding schemes has played an important role in the work we are doing. By holding these regular meetings, we can mitigate the risk of any design or construction clashes, allowing us to agree the sequencing of works across all projects.

“Having been initially chosen to provide Cost Consultancy, Project Management and Lead Designer roles, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue with this unique project and provide Nottingham with a public space that the city can be proud of.”

Following our initial appointment, we have been appointed to provide a wider range of services for the transformation of the area, including, landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering, and M&E services.. The work will be delivered via Perfect Circle’s unique collaboration.

Councillor David Mellen, leader of the Nottingham City Council, added: “The city council has long been committed to a transformation of the Broadmarsh area to extend the city centre southwards, creating a fantastic new public space for residents of Nottingham and visitors to the city.

“We have heard what people have said about wanting more greenery in the city centre and have committed to this, with a beautiful new space between Sussex Street and the new Nottingham College site and less traffic in the area contributing to a more pleasant and healthier environment. Our plans for the entire Broadmarsh area kickstarted our £2 billion ambitions for the Southside area, with new developments at Unity Square, City Buildings, the Island Quarter and at Broadmarsh West.

“This is a truly exciting time for Nottingham and these changes will transform Nottingham for the better, creating economic growth, jobs and attracting more visitors to the city.”

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