In what will be the largest investment in the south side of the city centre since the completion of new tramlines in 2015, here are the top four regeneration projects to take place over the next two years.
1 Broadmarsh car park and bus station: Currently, the old site of the Broadmarsh bus station and car park is unrecognisable, teeming with demolition vehicles and piles of debris.
The end goal of this demolition is to modernise parking facilities, the bus station and create new cafés and retail opportunities.
Most importantly, the new car park will introduce 1,373 parking bays, an increase of 194 over the previous build.
These such developments will flood out onto Collin Street and Carrington Street, creating a new public space and a wider area of pedestrianisation.
The rebuilding will take place during the spring and summer of this year, with the new restaurants, cafés and leisure facilities to open towards the end of 2019.
2 intu Broadmarsh: The ageing shopping centre, which opened in 1972 on the site of historically boggy land (a landscape that inspired the name), will undergo a complete transformation as part of the same £250 million project as the car park and bus station.
Nottingham City Council aims to create a modernised destination for customers with a new seven-screen cinema and places to eat and socialise.
The developments are expected to boost the local economy by over £1.1 billion each decade, whilst creating almost 3000 new jobs and attract an extra three million visitors to the city per year. The work is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
3 Nottingham Castle: The site of Nottingham Castle has vast amounts of remarkable history. To begin with, the original motte-and-bailey style castle built by William the Conqueror in 1067 was demolished in 1651 by John Hutchinson after the execution of Charles I, to prevent its use in future wars.
Thereafter, it was rebuilt as the ‘Ducal Palace’ in 1678, tragically burnt down in the Reform Acts Riots and then remodelled again in the late 19th Century after years of dereliction. Today, over the next five years, the castle will be transformed into a ‘world-class heritage destination’ to honour its past.
A total of £29.4 million will be invested to redevelop the entire site, including the Ducal Palace and cave network below, after a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid in May 2014.
Graphic panels will be created to tell its history, remodelling will take place to allow access to more of the medieval site and the cave network will be further opened up, some areas never before seen by the public.
The suggested benefits may include an additional £90 million in visitor spend in the local economy over 10 years, 395 jobs sustained, 230 construction jobs and 500 volunteer opportunities.
4 Nottingham College: Created by the merger of New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham, the Nottingham College development has been granted £1.2 million to create a new ‘flagship Skills Hub’.
Originally, the college was to carry out the enabling work, until it was decided that it would be cheaper for the City Council to do it. To fund the project, a total of £1,260,660 in funding has come from the local enterprise partnership, D2N2.
The new education hub will be built on the old Broadmarsh East site, between Canal Street and Middle Hill, and will serve nearly 20,000 students.
The work will begin in summer 2018, with plans to open the new Skills Hub at the beginning if the new school year in September 2020.