A project to reinvigorate the area around Nottingham Station, part-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), has now taken a definitive step forward after formal approval was given for two key developments by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee yesterday (February 22).
The area around Nottingham Station, known as the ‘Southern Gateway’, is undergoing a series of works to improve it. To date, this has included the pedestrianisation of part of Station Street (NG2 3AJ) and the demolition of the Broadmarsh Car Park and Bus Station (commenced November of last year – 2017 – with an expected completion date of April this year – 2018). Planning permission has now been granted for the new car park and bus station development (artist impression pictured), along with land adjacent to the Broadmarsh that will house the new £58m City Hub, set to be one of the largest further education institutions in the UK, serving more than 40,000 students studying a wide range of subjects.
£25million has been earmarked for the Southern Gateway development by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; the private sector-led partnership promoting economic and jobs growth across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire. An initial £10m of this has already been awarded to the major project, with an application for a further £15m expected from the project’s promotors (Nottingham City Council) by summer 2018.
Up to half the cost of the Nottingham City Hub (up to £30m) will also come from D2N2 funding resources, subject to the business plan submitted by Nottingham College and its partners. This application is expected to be submitted, to the D2N2 Infrastructure and Investment Board, next month (March).
Both projects funding will come via D2N2’s £250million Local Growth Fund allocation. This is funding awarded to the LEP, via Government, to enable it to co-fund major infrastructure projects which directly help the local economy and grow jobs numbers in its area.
The new car park and bus station development will include a 1,378 space car park, high-quality retail units on Carrington Street and Collin Street and a new state of the art bus station and charging points for electric cars. Three digital advertising screens on the new car park development were also given planning permission, which will feature on the corners of Collin Street and Middle Hill; Collin Street and Carrington Street; and at Canal Street and Carrington Street. Construction is due to start in summer 2018 and be completed in early 2020.
Work on the £58m College City Hub is due to start in the summer of this year and will be ready to welcome its first cohort of students in 2020. The six-storey building will be home to a range of curriculum areas housing around 2000 students including business, administration and computing, travel and tourism, science, catering and hospitality, care and early years courses and more. It will also house a new café, training restaurant, performance theatre and business hub so that businesses can co-exist alongside the College.
The new City Hub development will see the land next to the tram bridge on Canal Street turned into Nottingham College’s flagship campus building, with the land between the current Broadmarsh area and the new college also due to be renovated.
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of the City Council, said: “Completing this work will have its challenges. I’m sure most people understand that we need to invest in the area to change the southern entrance into the city, and as a result we will create jobs and opportunities for local people.”
Nottingham College CEO John van de Laarschot said: “We’re confident that these plans will benefit not just our students, who deserve a first class learning environment, but also local businesses and the wider community.”
For more information on D2N2’s local growth fund allocation, visit www.d2n2lep.org/local-growth-fund
For more information on the Nottingham Southern Gateway project, visit www.d2n2lep.org/local-growth-fund/projects/nottingham-southern-gateway
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