Nottingham mixed use scheme gets go-ahead from planners

Plans for a mixed-used development with housing for 49 students on the site of the former New Ocean Restaurant in Derby Road have been given the go-ahead by Nottingham City Council.

The plans, submitted by Grace Machin on behalf their client, reveal the existing building will be demolished to make way for a new five-storey building with retail outlets on the ground floor and 49 student bedrooms above.

The scheme follows a design competition run by Nottingham City Council where a number of architectural practices from the East Midlands were invited to submit proposals for the site. Allan Joyce Architects was selected following a second stage panel review.

A design statement accompanying the planning application reads: “The project will greatly enhance this part of the city, creating a contemporary building that is at home in its historic setting on Derby road and that creates a destination for the local student population, making a contribution to the vibrancy and commercial success of the area.

“The proposed new building will function as part of a network of several other student residences being constructed at this end of central Nottingham, at an ideal position part way between the two main university campuses – the presence of both the student residences and commercial unit will enliven the area.”