Bildurn have assembled several properties over a number of years at Station St, which is within the Southside Redevelopment Zone, and have been working with Nottingham City Council’s planning authority to prepare a master-plan for the site. The brief, which is now publically accessible on the council’s websites, follows public consultation and an open exhibition, and identifies key guidelines and constraints on future development.
Architects ShedKM, who have a long history of working with Manchester based urban developer Urban Splash, were called in to assist with design studies and modelling. ShedKM have designed award winning buildings across all sectors, and are adept at the reuse of old buildings, whilst also being pioneers of innovative construction techniques and design. A sensitive and incremental approach to the redevelopment of the site has been taken, including the initial refurbishment and regeneration of two important existing buildings, complimented by major new build components creating over 200,000sqft of space, all linked by the creation of high quality public space that extends to over an acre. The development allows for a phased approach with space being created over a number of years.
Sean Akins of Bildurn commented: “We have always been convinced of Station Street’s locational qualities, particularly with the increasing pressures to locate commercial building near major transport nodes, in addition to its canal-side amenity and proximity to the city centre. The upgrade project at the Station and the extension of the tram network to create ‘The Hub’ re-enforce this, as will proposals to remodel Broadmarsh and its pedestrian links. The local environment is already improving with recent lettings to new operators nearby, including Sainsbury’s Local and Starbucks.”
He added “Current economic conditions pose major challenges to development and are a brake on investment; however, this will not be the case forever. The development brief allows for a phased approach to development in ‘bite-size’ chunks which will be easier deliver as market conditions improve.”
There are already a number of significant employers in the vicinity including Ikano, Nottingham City Council, Capital One and The Land Registry, and it is hoped that the development of the area, alongside the improved transport links will encourage more investment and will create a gateway to the city that Nottingham can really be proud of.