Nottingham City Council has plans to dramatically transform and regenerate the Broadmarsh area of Nottingham city centre.
The entrance to the city centre from the south is currently uninspiring and in need of a facelift. To do this, a £250 million programme of works is underway to transform the area into a great entrance into the south of the city centre with improved shopping, leisure and restaurant facilities in a vibrant new environment. You can read more about these plans below.
What Are the Plans?
The plans include:
- Redevelopment of the shopping centre (intu Broadmarsh) to create a modern destination for customers to shop, eat, relax and socialise throughout the day and evening, including a new cinema
- The demolishing and rebuilding of Broadmarsh Car Park and Bus Station to modernise parking facilities, the bus station and create new cafés and retail opportunities which spill out onto Collin Street and Carrington Street
- The creation of a new public space on Collin Street by pedestrianising the street, similar to Clumber Street
- The pedestrianisation of (upper) Carrington Street, between the new public space on Collin Street and Canal Street
- Changing Canal Street to a pedestrian friendly area, with reduced traffic and a more welcoming space to the city
- The creation of a brand new flagship Skills Hub for the city by New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham to the east of Middle Hill, which will serve nearly 20,000 students
- Linking this part of the city to Nottingham Castle which will be transformed into a world-class destination, hosting 400,000 visitors annually
These developments, which collectively represent a £250m investment in the city, are expected to boost the local economy by over £1.1 billion per decade, create nearly 3,000 jobs for local people and attract an extra three million people a year to the city, bringing with them an estimated £25m increase in spending.
How long will the transformation of the Broadmarsh take and how will the improvements be carried out?
- Work to transform the Broadmarsh area started in January 2016 and will be delivered through a coordinated and staged programme of improvements, estimated to take around four years to complete
- In June 2017, the City Council announced plans to demolish and rebuild the Car Park and Bus Station. This work is due to start in July 2017 and will take around six months to complete. Rebuilding the Car Park and Bus Station will begin spring/summer 2018, with new shops, restaurants and leisure facilities set to be announced in due course
- Work on intu Broadmarsh will begin in earnest at the beginning of 2018, with new shops, restaurants and leisure facilities set to be announced in due course. Works to refurbish intu Broadmarsh are expected to complete in mid-2020
- Road changes, including works on Greyfriar Gate, Canal Street, Middle Hill and Collin Street will happen in phases from 2017 to 2020.
- Work on the new Skills Hub is expected to start in summer 2018, ready to open for the beginning of the new school year in September 2020.
What would the proposed transformation of the Broadmarsh area mean for me?
- Easier to move around with better streets and safer crossings
- Traffic-free public space on Collin Street and reduced traffic on Canal Street
- Priority at crossings and better links to other destinations
- Substantial reduction in traffic
- Link to the new Western Cycle Corridor, Eastern Cycle Corridor and connections to south
- Better Citycard Cycle facilities
- Buses would move more easily through the area
- A new bus station, meaning passengers can alight into a much more pedestrian-friendly area
- Bus stops could be moved from Collin Street to Canal Street
- New 24-hour taxi bay on Collin Street
- New night-time rank outside Ocean nightclub
- New entrance and exit on Canal Street
- A brand new, refreshed and modern car park
- Collin Street would be pedestrianised and the middle section of Canal Street restricted
- Through traffic routed onto London Road, Queen's Road, Sherrifs Way, Waterway Street West, Wilford Road and Wilford Street
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- The improved pedestrian environment could make it safer and easier for disabled people to move around the area. Disabled spaces and a new Shopmobility facility will be available in the Broadmarsh Car Park with direct access to Collin Street
- New loading facilities and access to off-street facilities on Canal Street
- Timed access for loading and unloading on the new Collin Street public space and on the pedestrianised section of Carrington Street
- Download an information leaflet showcasing all of the benefits of the project.
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