Plans to develop Nottingham’s historic Sneinton Market gets green light

Further plans to redevelop Nottingham’s Sneinton Market have been given the green light by Nottingham City Council following a committee meeting.

Leonard Design Architects, the global architectural practice which is headquartered in Nottingham, was appointed by Carlton Street Trading as part of the wider regeneration of the area to provide design concepts which are in keeping with the heritage of the market.

Leonard Design has been heavily involved in the regeneration plans and has revealed updated sketches showing the transformation of the vacant buildings on Avenues D and E, adjacent to the market, into an exciting mixed-use retail, leisure and residential scheme.

The new development will comprise of a three-storey building with student accommodation and ground floor retail units with further improved stalls for street food and structures for pop-up shops. The final overall offering will be much more dynamic, aiming to attract more local businesses into the Creative Quarter and provide places for the public to shop, eat and relax.

John Morgan, Director at Leonard Design Architects, said: “We’re thrilled to now be able to move forward with the plans to regenerate Sneinton Market. The mixed-use scheme is a significant redevelopment project and further contributes to the ripple effect we’re now seeing across the city of vacant heritage buildings being given a new lease of life.”

The designs have been drawn up specifically to give Sneinton Market improved presence on the corner of Bath Street and Southwell Road. The redevelopment of Sneinton Market forms part of a broader programme of regeneration activity by Nottingham City Council to Build a Better Nottingham, which also includes work to improve the public realm in the Creative Quarter.

John added: “The successful planning approval is testament to Nottingham City Council’s significant investment which has acted as the stimulus for the regeneration of key areas of the city such as the Creative Quarter. The redevelopment of these two vacant buildings, improved signage and presence will see Sneinton Market become a lively place to live, shop, eat, drink and visit for many years to come.

“Work will begin on the new buildings in summer 2018 and the new student accommodation is planned to launch for the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year.”

Sam Burt, Director at Carlton Street Trading – the family-owned development company with the sole aim of regenerating Nottingham city centre – purchased the site from Nottingham City Council. He said: “This is extremely positive news for the city of Nottingham. The Creative Quarter is a vibrant hub and Sneinton Market is set to become a central part of that with these redevelopment plans being given the go ahead.

“As site developers, our aim has always been to make Sneinton Market a special place for the people of Nottingham and to attract more business into the area. We have already received a high level of interest in the commercial units from leading independent leisure venue operators. We are looking forward to spearheading the next phases of development by working with the various contractors and in particular, the Creative Quarter.”

The Creative Quarter was established as a company in 2013 to lead the development of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter area which is made up by Sneinton Market, Hockley, the historic Lace Market, PennyfootStreet and also includes BioCity, the UK’s largest bioscience incubation centre.

Stephen Barker, CEO of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, said: “This could be an exciting addition to Sneinton Market and Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. It would not be the final piece of the jigsaw but would go a long way towards making Sneinton Market a great destination, providing an even better food, retail and leisure experience in an increasingly lively part of the city.

“It’s another reason for people to come to Nottingham to learn, live, work and invest as the Creative Quarter plays a bigger role in Nottingham’s story. The part of Sneinton Market this development tackles could be a perfect fit for smaller, quality, independent and brand retailers looking to share in Nottingham’s success.”

Ben Tebbutt, Director at Nottingham-based Box Property Consultants, the agent for the Sneinton Market developments, said: “The design of the market aims to attract new and unique retailers and leisure operators into the space – that’s the ultimate objective as more operators will increase footfall and Sneinton will become part of the city centre.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Leonard Design on this project as they’ve been able to bring their international experience and diverse approach to transform the area. At Box Property Consultants, we share a similar vision and we’re pleased to be involved in the development of such a vibrant area of the city.”

Frankie Labbate, Co-director at Box Property Consultants added: “Sneinton Market is becoming the next “cool”, Hockley is thriving and this is the next logical area for the city to push into. We are already talking to a number of exciting brands that will really put Sneinton on the map.”

Paul Hinchliffe, Commercial Property Solicitor at Nelsons Solicitors, acted for Carlton Street Trading Limited when purchasing the site from Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s always exciting to work with Carlton Street Trading, which has acquired an enviable and interesting property portfolio over the last few years. With this acquisition, I think the company will really put its name on the map as a creative force for redevelopment in Nottingham.

“I worked closely with Sam and Hannah, from Carlton Street Trading, to identify the best structure to help them achieve their plans, which have been brought to life on paper by Leonard Design. I’m looking forward to seeing the site develop.”