Developers behind HMRC’s new towering office block in Nottingham say they are on track to complete the project by 2021, as the structure begins to take shape.
Unity Square, opposite the city’s train station, will house 4,000 employees when it opens and becomes one of the Revenue’s regional hubs.
Steve Chambers, regional director at Bowmer + Kirkland, the main contractor, said: “Work is progressing well – with two 100-metre-tall cranes now in operation, transporting 2,500 tonnes of steel and 7,000 tonnes of concrete to the site.
“The steel frame is now going up – and will eventually measure 50 metres in height. The first-floor slabs will also be concreted in the next few weeks – so there’s a lot going on.”
The 10-floor block will house Revenue employees from across the East Midlands and become one of the organisation’s regional hubs.
It will form a major part of Nottingham’s southern gateway regeneration project, which includes work already under way to create a new-look intu Broadmarsh centre, central library, and bus station and car park.
Proposals to develop further good quality office space at Crocus Place, on derelict land next to the tram lines at the train station, have also now been given the go-ahead by Nottingham City Council.
Nick Sladen, of Sladen Estates, the site’s developers alongside Peveril Securities, added: “The regeneration of Nottingham’s Southside is really gaining momentum now and we’re proud to be playing such a significant role in this bold new vision for the city.
At the ground-breaking for Unity Square, Mrs Wood said: “There is no other building like Unity within Nottingham. It has all gone to HMRC which is why we need to look at the second phase, but there is Crocus Place and other buildings being brought forward.
“We can offer that good floorplate that organisations are after.
“The fact it is happening and there are other things going on around the area, that product that hasn’t been available in the city (Grade A office blocks) is going to come forward. So people who maybe looked at Nottingham and didn’t want to come because it didn’t have the product, they will be able to come here now. It is very important for the city and is a big economic driver.”
Article from Business Live 25.7.19