Development and Growth news
Station Street transformed
Works started in September 2015 and now Station Street to Carrington Street to Trent Street consists of an easily accessible paved area for pedestrians and cyclists and open space is available for outdoor cafe seating and pop up market stalls. The ground breaking shared space outside of Loxley House provides a balance for the needs of vehicles and pedestrians. The works were carried out to help regenerate the area around the railway station, complementing the £60m transformation, the new tram stop and the £1.4m Townscape Heritage programme to restore historical shop fronts in the Carrington Street area, which will link with future improvements around the Broadmarsh area.
BioScience Topping out ceremony
Developers, contractors and senior Council representatives celebrated the completion of the concrete frame for the new Bioscience building on Plough Lane with a “topping out” ceremony a few months ago. The £30m, 5 storey building will provide some 50,000sqft of high tech laboratory space and is being built by NCC with a £6.5m D2N2 grant. The building was 80% let even before construction started and when open will provide space for approx. 250 bioscientists. Unusually it incorporates an artist designed solar screen or brise soleil. The screen will incorporate LED lights that change colour/intensity according to solar flares emitted from the sun and will be controlled by a computer linked to NASA satellites! The building is on budget and time and due to open in March 2017. Excellent progress, two key colleagues Ian Vernalls and Rob Adkin take great credit.
East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy
Local leaders from the public and private sector have come together to develop an HS2 Growth Strategy for the East Midlands, which will complement the wider Midlands Connect Strategy and the work of the HS2 East Partnership. The analysis done so far suggests that by targeting key sectors that can benefit from HS2 connectivity, in particular manufacturing, technology and high value services, we can boost employment growth from just below to above the projected UK trend - equivalent to an additional 74,000 jobs and almost £4 billion of GVA by 2042.
Superfast Broadband to Businesses along tram lines
Superfast data as well as superfast trams will soon travel along the new Nottingham Express Transit lines to benefit local businesses, thanks to the foresight of the NET delivery team. During the construction of the NET tram extension to Clifton South and Toton Lane, the opportunity was taken to install 17km of underground telecommunications infrastructure along the routes, taking advantage of lower installation costs, and avoiding any future disruption to car drivers and pedestrians. A multi-million pound 20 year concession agreement with ITS Technology Group has now been signed which will see the ducting being used to connect local businesses to superfast broadband.
The work of the Midlands Engine continues and in early August, we heard the Prime Minister backing the work of both Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect. Sir John Peace, Chairman of Midlands Engine, recently met with The Rt. Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade and Investment who outlined the government’s latest thinking and has asked Sir John to convene a meeting next month on infrastructure investment. Sajid Javid led the first Midlands Engine trade mission to Chicago and Toronto last week and he has been confirmed as the leader of the mission to China in November where cities and businesses from across the Midlands will be participating in a major trade and investment conference and will be part of an important Regional Dial
Green light for Eco Expressway
Buses, bikes and electric vehicles will get priority along one of Nottingham's busiest routes, as it is turned into the new Eco Expressway. The six mile route will run between the city centre and Vale Road in Colwick, via Manvers Street and Daleside Road. Works starts on 3rd October 2016 and will be delivered in phases. The first phase extending from Manvers Street/Hermitage junction to the junction of Daleside Road/Trent Lane will be delivered by March 2017. The works will see a new cycle route and a road lane for electric vehicles and buses.
Trent Basin development - houses and apartments for sale!
A new low energy neighbourhood is being created along the River with the first phase of the Trent Basin development available for sale. Blueprint (50% Council owned) are currently building 35 houses and 10 apartments to be completed this summer with Phase 2 of the development beginning shortly. The regeneration plans for the waterside area will see the predominantly poor quality industrial area along Daleside Road, Sneinton transformed into one of the city’s newest residential areas. More details can be found at www.trentbasin.co.uk
Bidder selected for the Guildhall site
A major step forward has been taken towards developing one of the most significant sites in the city centre. The whole of The Guildhall site – including The Guildhall itself as well as Fire Station House, Central Police Station and Central Fire Station – has long been earmarked for development and now the preferred bidder, Miller Birch has been chosen to acquire the site. As part of the competitive process, Miller Birch included proposals to extend and refurbish the Guildhall as a four-star hotel and build a new 410,000 sq ft mixed use development including offices and a conference centre. Start on site expected 2017.
Growth Hub: One Year Old!
The Growth Hub Team, working within the D2N2 Growth Hub Partnership, has completed its first year of operation. It has helped over 500 Nottingham businesses with free advice on business growth with over 200 of these businesses in our key sectors now being more intensively account managed. A recent independent survey of Growth Hub clients revealed that 88% would recommend the Growth Hub to another business, 77% rate the service as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, 59% have taken direct action as a result of the Growth Hub’s advice, which rose to 77% amongst businesses which class themselves as ‘high growth.
Housing Aid Service change in train
The service is establishing its new working methods following a restructure. Like many UK cities Nottingham has seen an increase in demand for its housing options service and there remains a lot of uncertainty concerning future changes presented through welfare reform. This year will see efforts made to develop new ways of working with partners organisations and some thinking about working together with single homeless people in particular. Our ambition is to see if it’s feasible to deliver new joint service models potentially from a joint service centre and improve our delivery.
Investment and Regeneration in the Midlands
Nottingham Regeneration momentum was highlighted last week at a Midlands Development and Investment event for Property Professionals. On a Panel with Cllr J Clancy of Birmingham, Kier and Argent, David Bishop talked about the inward investment and construction opportunities from Waterfront, Southern Gateway, Broadmarsh, Housing, Enterprise Zone, HS2 and such, completing the picture of vibrant activity in the East and West of the Midlands Engine.
Collin Street Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) - transforming the Broadmarsh area
As part of the wide-ranging proposals to dramatically transform and regenerate the Broadmarsh area, make the proposed improvements and, at the same time, enhance access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists, we are proposing to pedestrianise Collin Street and the top end of Carrington Street. As a result we need to re-route through traffic along some of the key roads in the city. Before taking the proposals any further and in accordance with statutory procedures and policies, consultation on the proposed TRO commenced on 25th April. This is a significant consultation stage, and a whole range of parallel briefings are taking place with bus companies, BID, businesses and such like.
Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative
The Council's street lighting private finance initiative contract with Tay Valley Lighting and SSE is coming to the end of its first phase. Since the contract was signed in 2010 SSE will have replaced c28,000 lighting columns and upgrading c10,000 more. The new columns have energy efficient lighting, which will reduce utility consumption by c5million kwh per annum and have a white light source in residential areas which are meant to provide better visibility, helping to combat a fear of crime. Under the contract, the capital element of which was largely funded by government grant, SSE will continue to maintain this lighting stock until 2035, carrying out a further, smaller round of replacements in 2030. Colleagues may see installations in the City Centre which have to be particularly sensitively designed, given the valuable heritage character of some of the City Centre.
Venurefest East Midlands 2016
At this event the Economic Development Team led on the delivery of Pitchfest – a programme to provide investment readiness training to businesses looking to raise funding. 70 businesses applied to take part on the programme across the East Midlands, with 44 shortlisted to attend a one-day workshop and 28 of these businesses invited to further develop their proposition. The programme culminated in 20 businesses pitching to an audience of 100 investors and 3 judges on the main stage at Venturefest on 16th March and two Nottingham businesses, Prime Principle and Coffee Tasting Club winning Best Pitch and Best Pop-Up Pitch awards respectively.
Totally Transport EU Funded Project in Transport Strategy
The European Union's Intelligent Energy Push Pull Project awarded Nottingham £74,000 in 2015 to deliver travel planning measures to staff. Events started last year as the first steps to engaging workforces on Ng2 and the Science and Business parks with more sustainable alternatives to get to work. This reduces car dependency, congestion, carbon emissions and business costs and increases the use of sustainable transport and access to the business parks for non-car owners. This work is continuing with major employers in the city to provide incentives to staff to choose a different mode of transport for their commute.
Hack 24: Nottingham at the Centre of the Creative Digital Universe!
The Growth Hub has worked with Hack24, a 24 hour non-stop event for the Digital Tech industries that saw 40 teams of software engineers, designers and developers camp out in the Council House over 19-20 March to tackle a series of challenges set by sponsor companies. Hack24 is organised by Tech Nottingham – a voluntary organisation that brings together technical people in and around Nottingham which aims to improve Nottingham as a place to live and work in the tech industry.
Midlands Engine - putting in the petrol
In his new enhanced role Chris Henning has been supporting Leadership to kick-start the Midlands Engine – our attempt to outstrip the Northern Powerhouse involving local authorities, LEPs, universities, businesses and FE colleges across the Midlands. Over the past few months we have launched a Prospectus, supported the first trade mission to India (headed by Sajid Javid, the BIS Secretary of State) and are leading the Promotions Theme. The single biggest pot of funding secured was the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, underpinning the creation of a £250m+ fund to support growth businesses to access crucial loan and equity finance. Well done to Lewis Stringer who played a pivotal role in this.
Over the next few weeks Strategic Assets and Property will be re-launching its established Property Plus branding, including a new Commercial website. The focus will be 'Property Plus - The Council's Strategic and Commerical Property Service'. Information will firstly be circulated internally, to define the new strategic function and how colleagues should engage with us and the service that we will provide to the Council and all its departments and partner organisations. There will then be external communication to citizens, the wider public and the commercial property and business worlds to define how Property Plus proposes to interact within the market place, including the aspiration that Nottingham City Council Property Plus should become the first point of reference for all commercial property or development proposals and requirements.
Sumo Digital have moved into Castlebridge Office Village at Castle Marina.
A computer game development company that works with the likes of Sega, Disney, Sony and Microsoft has opened an office creating 50 new jobs in the city. The game developer, based in Sheffield, has worked on projects for other companies that feature characters from Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, Disney Pixar, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Staff at its new studio in Nottingham will focus on developing new games to be played on consoles, PCs, mobile and virtual reality platforms, which will be licensed by Sumo Digital. Nottingham was chosen as the destination for the new base because of the talent pool provided by the universities and the city's pedigree in the computer games industry provided by the Games City Festival and the National Video Arcade. A major addition to our list of Creative Industry companies.
New electric buses
13 new electric buses have been ordered by the City Council to run on the Citylink park and ride services and the Centrelink service. The buses have zero emissions at the tail pipe and will assist with attempts to improve air quality within the city and should be running into the City from September.
Planning applications approved - April Planning Committee
University of Nottingham Biomolecular Science Phases 3 & 4
The application relates to the construction of two university buildings that will form part of the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences that is located on Science Road and has a frontage onto the A52. This will provide 10,750 sqm buildings (combined) to expand the UoN’s existing combined faculty centre for medical research, comprising laboratories, offices, teaching accommodation and work studios.
and the National Video Arcade. A major addition to our list of Creative Industry companies.
University of Nottingham, Advanced Manufacturing Building
This is a prominent site on Derby Rd adjacent to Lenton Lodge and plans inlcude a 9,000 sqm building to provide a central hub at the UoN for high quality research, teaching, opportunities for knowledge exchange and commercial input related to advanced manufacturing. Planning officers worked hard with the University to ensure an improved aspect and public realm is achieved at the front.
Old Market Square water feature maintenance
If you wondered whats been going on behind the hoardings in Market Square, works began on February 1st 2016 to carry out maintenance works on the water feature. The works have been completed this week.
The water feature is coming up to 9 years old this spring and planned maintenance has been undertaken to service equipment in the plant room and generally refurbish the operational equipment. The work also included excavations to find out the scope of any necessary repairs, and prevent leakage.
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