Regeneration News October 2017
Pioneering Community Energy Pilot Underway at Trent Basin
Trent Basin, the £100 million residential development, is setting the bar for community energy schemes with award winning developer Blueprint.
Blueprint, part-owned by Nottingham City Council, are installing Europe’s biggest community battery (2MWh) and solar panels that will generate, store and distribute energy across the neighbourhood and launch a unique energy company for residents.
A consortium of government, business and academia have come together, supported by Innovate UK, to demonstrate how to lower cost and reduce carbon while allowing residents to better engage with the energy they consume. The project installation is being supported by £6m grant funding from Innovate UK via two Energy Programmes (The Energy Research Accelerator and Project SCENe).
Partners in the scheme include the University of Nottingham, AT Kearney, Smartklub, Siemens, URBED, Slam Jam, Stickyworld, Loughborough University and Solar Ready, together with Blueprint and supported by Nottingham City Council. The scheme promises efficient energy at lower costs, with the potential to roll it out to large new residential developments across the UK.
Broadmarsh - It's Happening!
Work has begun on demolishing the Broadmarsh Car Park, with a member of the public beginning the demolition on site after winning a Facebook competition.
Joy Rice, a poet from Bulwell, wrote about her desire to swing a sledgehammer at the Broadmarsh Car Park and was duly given the opportunity in mid-September.
Demolition of the site is due to take around six months and will be done in phases to ensure it is done safely. The rebuild of the new Car Park and Bus Station will begin in early 2018 and is expected to be completed by late 2019.
The beginning of the demolition marks the start of a busy period for the area, with redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh, the roads around the Broadmarsh area and the new Nottingham College City Hub all beginning in the first half of 2018.
For more details, including how to get in touch with us about the Broadmarsh developments, visit www.betterbroadmarsh.com
Changes to Unity Square underway
Demolition of the former car park is underway just up the road at Unity Square, opposite Nottingham Train Station and next door to Castle Rock Brewery.
Sladen Estates and Peveril Securities Ltd own the site, having bought it in 2015. The scheme currently has outline planning consent for up to 450,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office accommodation, a new hotel alongside other retail and leisure uses surrounding a brand new public realm.
This follows a gradual but sustained period of change in the area, with the redevelopment of Nottingham Station, Station Street and the availability of Heritage Lottery Funding to support the restoration of historic frontages along Carrington Street, Broadmarsh plans and a grant to create a world class visitor attraction at Nottingham Castle.
House building underway at Arkwright Walk
Work has started on 111 new homes which will be built in the Meadows as part of an £18m project to regenerate the area.
Plans for the new homes include a mix of 77, two, three and four bed houses as well as 34 two bed flats along Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk. The homes will be built and sold by Keepmoat Homes.
Andy Mason, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: "We are working in close partnership with both the local community and Nottingham City Council to build homes for families and first-time buyers which will bring Arkwright Walk back to life.
"We will ensure that the development will create new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities for the duration of the build and beyond.”
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage, said: “The redevelopment of Arkwright Walk is part of the City Council’s ambition to not just build new houses, but to build neighbourhoods and communities in an area of the city that has been in need of redevelopment for some time.”
The development is due to be completed by May 2020.
Two Major Housing Developments Complete
Two major new Council housing developments have recently been completed by Nottingham City Homes in partnership with Nottingham City Council.
At Cranwell Road in Strelley, 48 new units including family houses, bungalows and flats have been built around Seagrave primary school and on the west side of the Meadows 55 new units, family houses and bungalows have been built on the site of the decommissioned Q blocks and Cromarty Court sheltered housing scheme. These schemes replace poor quality, non-traditional housing, which was hard to maintain and to bring up to Decent Home Standard, with attractive, high quality, sustainable housing that is energy efficient and spacious.
The Meadows scheme will be complemented by the forthcoming development on the decommissioned Q block sites around Arkwright Walk. This new housing benefits from Phase 2 of the tram extension and the anticipated development around the Southern Gateway to significantly improve this part of the city.
Work on both developments began in July 2015 and finished between May and July 2017.
Both schemes received funding from the Homes and Community Agency as a result of a successful bid to the HCA’s Affordable Housing Programme 2015-18.
Old Lenton Tower Block Area Transformed
The major new Council housing development on the site of the former Lenton tower blocks began in November 2013 and is expected to completed in November 2017. The development consists of Palmer Court (an independent living scheme of 54 flats), 16 bungalows, 62 family houses and 2 commercial units with 10 flats at the Derby Road ‘gateway’ to the scheme.
In addition to providing the benefits of replacing low quality housing with attractive, high quality, sustainable housing, the development will help to improve the tenure and household balance in the area. Lenton has a concentration of houses in multiple occupation, formerly family houses converted by landlords, due to the area’s popularity with students.
Nottingham City Homes will own and rent the 62 family homes. In practice, these will be let at social rent as Council housing but, by owning them, NCH will be able to raise capital against its own assets.
The construction of 17 new Council houses on the adjacent Church Square site, which was previously a small shopping precinct with flats, is scheduled for completion in March 2018. NCH will also own these houses.
Both schemes have received funding from the Homes and Community Agency as a result of a successful bid to the HCA’s Affordable Housing Programme 2015-18 and to its Care and Support Specialized Housing fund.
New Extra Care Scheme underway at Woodthorpe Grange
Work is underway to convert Woodthorpe and Winchester Courts on the edge of Woodthorpe Grange park in Sherwood into an Extra Care scheme.
This will see a new five-storey block of 44 flats built, with communal facilities on the ground floor. The new block will stand between the two existing block of flats on site, all linked by an enclosed internal walkway. Completion of the new building will be followed by development of the two existing blocks.
Work to the existing blocks will involve a combination of internal and external improvements to improve the energy efficiency of the building, with a new heating system, windows and doors, external insulation and cladding to be installed.
The work is due to finish in December 2018.
Sherwood Library Consultation
The council would like comments on whether to ask developers to put forward proposals which would include replacing the current Sherwood library with a new, high quality, sustainable library in the same area.
It has been suggested that a developer might provide a new library in return for being able to redevelop the council’s land. We are now consulting the public about the idea. If there is a positive response then developers could be asked to put forward their proposals and the public would be asked to comment. We cannot be sure that a developer will produce a satisfactory scheme in which case we would repair the existing library instead.
For further information please contact Debra Ross on 0115 876 3955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshing Nottingham's History
On Friday 29th September, officers from the Regeneration Team attended the ‘Leading the Way: Heritage Led Regeneration in Nottingham’ event. The event was held at the iconic Willoughby House, the grade II listed building that is home to Paul Smith’s flagship Nottingham store.
The event brought together key partners from public, private and charitable sectors to consider future roles for heritage in the city’s development and officers had the chance to explore one of Nottingham’s finest caves housed beneath the building.
Nottingham will receive over £30m of heritage funding over the next few years and is one of 10 ‘Heritage Action Zones’ in England. From celebrating its unique caves, transforming the castle, to regenerating historic shopfronts, the city is leading the way in strategic heritage-led regeneration.
The event was hosted by Historic England and heritage and planning consultancy Locus Consulting.
Work Begins at Clifton Triangle
Development has started at ‘Clifton Triangle,’ a derelict patch of land in Clifton near Southchurch Drive, which will soon host a Lidl supermarket, B&M Bargains, more retail units and 24 apartments.
The site has been cleared and construction started this week (16 October) to create a new shopping venue for local residents and more good quality housing for the area. £20m is being spent by Cedar House Investments to create the mixed-use scheme and bring 130 jobs and more retail opportunities to Clifton.
Peter Gadsby, chairman at Cedar House Investments, said: “We are very pleased that work on this significant scheme has reached its first milestone and the groundworks are well underway.
“The support from the council is hugely important in helping to deliver this scheme, which will have a really positive impact on the local area once completed. This development will bring much needed facilities to the local area and provides shoppers in Clifton with more choice. Clifton Triangle will be a tremendous contribution towards the overall regeneration of the Clifton area.”
Regeneration News May 2017
New homes and a new old link along Arkwright Walk
Regeneration continues along Arkwright Walk after a historic through route was re-established in the area. Arkwright Walk follows the course of the old Arkwright Street, closed as a through route during the 1970s. This was previously blocked by a garden, and the Council has worked with Crocus Fields children’s centre to change the boundaries and create a new through route. This opened in February and has quickly become popular, reconnecting the city centre and station to Trent Bridge in the south.
The Council has cleared a number of sites along Arkwright Walk in preparation for the delivery of new homes for sale which will enhance this new route and provide homes to suit a range of different needs. The Council is working with developers Keepmoat Homes to try to bring this forward in the near future.
New BioCity Discovery Building Opens its Doors
You might have seen the new BioCity Discovery building – especially if passing it at night. That’s because of ‘Corona,’ a brise soleil on the front of the building linked to 2 NASA satellites which monitor the surface of the sun for solar flare activity. This energy is then expressed through an ever changing fibre optic lighting system which reflects the sun’s activity in real time on the facade of the building. The colours will evolve and transform over a 26 ½ day period – the time it takes the sun to rotate on its axis.
The sculpture, created by world renowned and Nottingham based artist Wolfgang Buttress and Dr. Martin Bencsik from Nottingham Trent University, adorns the new £30 million BioCity building built by Nottingham City Council and leased to BioCity to support their work. The new building will host Sygnature Discovery across three floors, who have outgrown their initial incubator space in the existing BioCity building and allow more space for new life science starts ups, cementing Nottingham’s reputation as a leading city in supporting life science growth.
New Homes in Strelley just the Start
Nottingham City Homes, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, has built 79 new high quality Council homes in the last year. This number include 12 flats, 11 bungalows and 25 family houses on the site of the former Cranwell Road flats in Strelley. It also includes several smaller developments which have brought former garage block sites back into use. These new properties bring better quality housing to tenants in the city, and plans are afoot to bring more new Council housing to Nottingham.
Work has also recently begun in Strelley to redevelop the older persons’ flats and the library on Strelley Road as part of a wider effort to build more council homes in the city. 245 are planned for the next year, including 45 new houses and 9 new bungalows on the old Q Blocks site of the Meadows as the council reinvigorates its housing stock.
City Council Working with Island Site Owners
Following the announcement of the sale of the Island Site in December, Nottingham City Council has been talking to new owners Lavignac and Conygar about plans to bring forward development.
In January 2016, as part of its push to bring forward redevelopment, the council developed a Supplementary Planning Document to guide the type of development deemed appropriate for the site and for Nottingham. The Council also undertook a number of studies to determine the state of the site, access, roads and other infrastructure. These have now been shared with the new owners and their planners and architects who are working with the council’s planning and urban design teams to develop more detailed planning briefs for various parts of the site.
These include innovative and exciting ideas for the site, including re-using the heritage warehouses, and for a range of different, complementary uses across the site, creating a new residential and commercial neighbourhood as part of the city centre.
Work to start on Trent Basin Phase 2
Phase 2 of the Trent Basin development is to start this summer and has been boosted by additional funding. £1.25 million will be spent on a new spine road linking Trent Lane to Poulton Drive, accelerating delivery of 500 new homes.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing for Nottingham City Council, said: “This City Council is successfully forging ahead with many new housing schemes and is committed not just to building new homes, but good quality, energy efficient homes. This development is especially important, creating a new community in a riverside location on a brownfield site close to the city centre.
“This funding enables us to connect attractive homes in an in-demand area with main routes into and around Nottingham, including our new Eco Expressway. Spending on this crucial infrastructure is important so that residents in this new community feel part of a growing and innovative city.”
Regeneration News December 2016
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 and 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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