Nottingham is on the cusp of something truly transformational. For the past two years, works have been on-site to refurbish Nottingham station – the St Pancras of the Midlands; extend the tram network, improve the ring road, and at long last, dual the country lane that is currently the A453 from the city centre to J24 of the M1!
All these major improvements to accessibility, combined with a sea change in attitude of the public sector to help facilitate development, (as witnessed by NCC’s role in stimulating Peel’s Unity Square development at the station) means that Nottingham is an even more attractive place to do business. Greater flexibility provided by the City Deal in the Creative Quarter has enabled new high-tech/ digital businesses to flourish in an historic environment; in many respects, complimenting the physical work that we at NRL started in the Lace Market over 15 years ago.
Government and the D2N2 LEP’s investment in the Enterprise Zone will also make Nottingham an even better place in which to invest and attract occupiers, by ensuring the sites are oven ready for development. Nottingham has renowned quality of life and skills advantages over many other cities, and the enhanced infrastructure should enable the city to reap the benefits from the general economic upturn.
By Mike Taylor on behalf of Chris Sinclair