Nottingham College has moved a step closer towards its new £58m landmark City Hub campus development as public consultation got underway yesterday.
The new City Hub campus building is set to be a landmark addition to Nottingham’s skyline, as viewed from the south of the city centre. It forms part of the £250m Southern Gateway regeneration scheme, spearheaded by Nottingham City Council involving the redevelopment of the intu Broadmarsh Centre, the rebuild of the Broadmarsh bus station and car park, as well as the remodelling of road and pedestrian routes in the area.
The new campus will provide college and community facilities, together with a new business hub. This will encourage new business start-ups, better collaboration between the college and employers and will provide the wider community with improved training and skills resources. In addition, the campus will house a new performing arts centre, student retail space, café and training restaurant and bar.
The building will occupy six storeys in total and the design will complement the surroundings and pay homage to the area’s industry heritage.
Matt Hutton, Chief Architect on the project from lead architects Bond Bryan, says: “As an architect, it’s important to capture and understand the heritage of a particular site and having grown up in Nottingham, I’m familiar with the stories of Broadmarsh and Narrow Marsh.
“The opportunity to transform an area that was once synonymous with poverty and limited life chances into a centre that will help unlock the potential of tens of thousands of young people in the coming years, is a very rewarding prospect.
“The City Hub project has an ability to create an exciting destination for local businesses and education to mix, providing real benefit to skills and employment in the region. It is an exciting time for Nottingham and I’m extremely proud to be part of it.”
John van de Laarschot, Nottingham College Chief Executive says: “It is our aspiration to bring to Nottingham something truly iconic, something that does not simply fit the mould of a traditional college campus, but which provides a unique space in which business and education co-exist and the relationship between the two can be strengthened.
“The City Hub, and the services it will house, will provide real benefits to employers and students. When we put this Hub together with the College’s plans for its other Centres for Excellence across the city, we will be one of the biggest and best-resourced training and skills institutions in the country.”
Public consultation got underway yesterday and residents and businesses in the area are being invited to dedicated consultation sessions being held at Nottingham Contemporary on Friday 10th November 2017.