Some of the biggest developments happening in Nottingham in 2020

More cranes are expected to dominate Nottingham’s skyline in 2020 as huge development projects continue across the city.

Business chiefs have highlighted how important schemes such as the £89 million intu Broadmarsh transformation are to the local economy, as they create jobs and attract investment.

Work is expected to continue across the Broadmarsh area – which also includes a new bus station and car park – over the next 12 months, with a scheduled completion of 2021.

This year, Nottingham College’s new £58 million City Hub campus, next to Broadmarsh, is expected to be ready and welcoming its first students.

Just down the road, opposite Nottingham train station, work is expected to pick up inside HMRC’s new Grade A Unity Square office block. It is due to open in 2021.

The majority work on the main structure of Unity Square is now complete

(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Work is also set to begin in the summer on Nottingham Forest’s stadium redevelopment.

Speaking of the growing number of development works in the city, Scott Knowles, chief executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “We live in changing times and it’s important our cities and towns evolve in line with these changes and are fleet of foot in reacting to evolving consumer behaviour.

“It’s pleasing to see that Nottingham has a number of development plans set to come to fruition in 2020 – including exciting enhancements to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and the popular intu Broadmarsh.

“Such redevelopments will ensure Nottingham continues to blaze a trail as an engaging, attractive and vibrant place for both residents and visitors to spend their time, and the knock-on effect this will have on employment and the local economy shouldn’t be understated.”

Sajeeda Rose, chief executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: “2020 is an exciting time for Nottingham with so many key developments underway.

“D2N2 is supporting several large-scale projects which will transform the city as part of our role to help create better jobs and grow the regional economy. These projects will act as a stimulus for Nottingham to attract further investment, promote it as a place for people to visit and businesses to invest in.”

Nottingham City Council bosses revealed in November that work in the city has also already brought more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

A tower crane is brought in for work on intu Broadmarsh in October

(Image: Nottingham Post)

Councillor David Mellen, leader of the council, said: “Cranes in the air means jobs on the ground for Nottingham residents.

“Among the many benefits of the redevelopment of the Southside area of Nottingham are the employment opportunities on offer for people, both for those with and without experience.

“To see over a thousand new jobs come to the city, with over half of those going to local people, is really satisfying – and just the start of our ambitious plans for the city.”

Here is a run-down of projects in Nottinghamshire this year


Nottingham Forest Stadium: City Ground

This is one of the most highly-anticipated development works due to begin in 2020.

The scheme, designed by Newark architectural firm Benoy, will eventually see a new 10,000-seat Peter Taylor Stand created.

Improvements will also include new state-of-the-art dressing rooms, a museum, club shop, executive boxes and media suites.

An artist's impression inside the revamped City Ground stadium

(Image: Benoy)

The redevelopment will boost the City Ground’s capacity to 36,000 initially, but it could be increased to 38,000.

Work on the new stand is expected to begin in the summer. It will take about two years to complete.

Earlier in the year, Tom Cartledge, chief executive of Benoy, said: “As a complete Forest nut and fan, it is a great moment for the club and for me to be part of that.”


Broadmarsh: Shopping centre, plus car park and bus station

Work really kicked off on these two projects in 2019 – and that is due to continue into 2020.

A second tower crane is due to arrive on site at intu Broadmarsh this year and construction work is starting on the Hollywood Bowl and Light Cinema.

An artist's impression of what intu Broadmarsh will look like when work is complete in 2021

(Image: Richard Harris, Gough Bailey Wright)

The £89 million regeneration of the centre, which will be glass-fronted, is due for completion in 2021.

Nigel Wheatley, centre director for intu Broadmarsh, said: “We’re creating a new-look shopping destination, working closely with Nottingham City Council as they progress the wider Nottingham Southside developments, too.

“We can’t wait for people to start enjoying all the new places to shop, work, eat and play when work completes at the centre in summer 2021.”

Meanwhile, the bulk of the steel structure of the car park and bus station, which will also incorporate a new Central Library, has been erected.

The foundations of the £43 million development were in place in the summer and the steelwork began in October.

This project is also due for completion in 2021.


Unity Square

A game changer for Nottingham?

An artist's impression of what Unity Square will look like

That is how many viewed this huge Grade A office development opposite Nottingham’s train station when work began.

Unity Square, which will be 10 storeys, is due for completion next year and when it opens it will house 4,000 HMRC employees.

There is the option to create a second tower block next to this in the future.

The majority of the structure is now in place, which has allowed internal work to begin.

Rachel Wood, managing director of Sladen Estates, one of the firms behind the project, said in the autumn: “Unity was always seen as a first regeneration project and this whole area will change, but it will also impact the rest of the city and there is a lot of good news we believe is going to come forward for the city and more crane activity.”


Crocus Place

This Grade A office block was given planning permission in 2019 and it is expected to open in 2021.

The brick and glass-fronted office will be built next to the tram lines at Nottingham Station, on an area which was used as an operations base for the tram extension.

The Crocus Place development next to Nottingham train station

(Image: Nottingham City Council)

The schedule of work for the seven-storey site, which could house about 1,150 workers, is not yet known.

But if the anticipated open date in 2021 is going to be met, you would expect major building work to get under way this year.


Nottingham Castle

Work on the £30 million redevelopment of Nottingham Castle continues to progress well and it is hoped the first new visitors will be welcomed in 2021.

A scaffolding tent still shields most of the castle site to protect the building while the roof is replaced.

Work will continue throughout 2020 on a new visitor centre, virtual reality games, rebellion galleries and new access to the caves.

Nottingham Castle, viewed from Brewhouse Yard

(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

When it re-opens, it is expected there will be up to 400,000 visitors in the first year and an economic impact worth £9 million per year.

Sara Blair-Manning, chief executive of the Nottingham Castle Trust, said: “I think combined with existing heritage and the Southern Gateway projects, all together, it will be transformational for Nottingham.

“We are expecting national and international visitors. We want to have a different conversation about Nottingham.”


Boots Island site

It has lain derelict for decades, but work could begin on the 40-acre stretch of land – between Sneinton and London Road – some time over the next 12 months.

Artist's impressions of how the Boots Island site will look

(Image: Conygar)

Outline planning permission was granted in April for a five-star hotel, new homes, a park, market area, office space and student accommodation.

The project will take many years to complete, but in a press release, Nottingham City Council announced it is expected to begin in 2020.


Nottingham College City Hub

This is set to be one of the first major new buildings to open.

The £58 million campus in Canal Street is expected to welcome its first intake in September this year.

A view of the ongoing construction at the Nottingham College site in Canal Street, Nottingham.

(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Construction began in 2018 following the merger of Central College and New College Nottingham in the summer of 2017.


Student accommodation

Hundreds of new student flats were being built across the city in 2019 – and that is expected to continue in 2020.

This includes a new nine-storey block in Talbot Street, which is due for completion in April and will house more than 330 students.

Other projects includes 319 new apartments in Station Street – also scheduled to be completed this year – and 92 flats in Glasshouse Street, where progress has been slow but work now appears to be under way.


Article from Nottingham Post 1.1.20