Nottingham City Council has secured £12 million in external funding for the first phase of work to transform the Broadmarsh Centre site.
A total of £7.99 million funding was formally approved this week by D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership, from the Government’s Getting Building Fund to begin demolition of the North West part of the former shopping centre building. This funding will also support production of a new masterplan vision to start to transform the whole of the former Broadmarsh Centre.
A further £4 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund, will be used to create a new safe and attractive open street between Lister Gate and Collin Street.
The Getting Building Fund is part of the Government’s package of financial support to kick-start the economy, create jobs and help areas facing the biggest economic challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Nottingham was allocated Transforming Cities funding to create a safer, attractive and permanent public realm in the area.
As work to reimagine the former Broadmarsh Shopping Centre site begins and with redevelopment of the wider Broadmarsh area well underway, the first phase of demolition, due to begin in April, will see the area from the NCP Arndale Car Park to the current covered right of way connecting Lister Gate and Collin Street demolished. The demolition will enable a new wide pedestrian street, improving the busy north-south route into the city centre, which is used by over two million people a year.
The right of way between Lister Gate and Collin Street will remain open and safe during the demolition, with plans to create a permanent, wider, right of way available 24 hours a day to replace the temporary arrangement currently in place as part of the demolition works.
Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “The Broadmarsh Centre is one of the largest regeneration areas in any UK city, and presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to renew our city centre and our city’s character. Following our Big Conversation and the great response from thousands of people, I have asked Greg Nugent of the Nottingham Project to chair an independent Broadmarsh Advisory Group to help us with reimaging this part of the city centre and create an exemplary vision for its development fit for a the 21st century and with a post-Covid city centre in mind.
“It makes sense to take this opportunity to start to demolish this part of the shopping centre now rather than try to modernise and rebuild it. This removes part of the barrier the shopping centre created in the city centre and will be far more welcoming to residents, visitors and workers coming in to Nottingham than the current ‘patio doors.’
“This first phase of demolition is the start of our plans to redevelop this area, opening up the city centre and extending the excellent new public open spaces being built on Sussex Street, Collin Street and Carrington Street.
“The regeneration of the Southside of Nottingham involves schemes totalling £2 billion including the new Nottingham College City Hub, HMRC’s new offices at Unity Square and of course our new Broadmarsh Car Park, Bus Station and Central Library, and starting the work on the Broadmarsh Centre will be a key part of our efforts to redefine the city centre.”
Greg Nugent, chair of the Greater Broadmarsh Advisory Group, said: “Nottingham has a huge opportunity to use the Greater Broadmarsh space to create something that transforms the city and creates a legacy for generations to come. It also has the chance to build a new idea for the way cities thrive again. This is the first of many exciting milestones in the redevelopment of the entire site.”