Height - TBC
Cost - £100 Million
Space - 410,000 Sqft / 38,000 Sqm
Use - Mixed Use
Developer - Nottingham City Council partnered with Miller Birch
Architects - CPMG
Expected start date - 2017
The new Guildhall will have ‘WOW’ factor, as quoted by the Nottingham based developer:
"We are looking at a critical mass and high in terms of scale – perhaps towers that we haven’t seen before in Nottingham. Something that is very iconic. That always takes time to get right.
"The design will certainly be interesting and of a quality that the city won’t have seen before."
Ambitious words from the developer, who have had a good track record in Nottingham over the past 10 years.
The Former Central Fire and Police Station and the Guidhall is to redeveloped into a large scale mixed use development comprising of 130,000Sqft of office space, 50,000Sqft of conferencing facilities, a 4* hotel, high-end student accommodation and apartments.
The 4* Hotel will be based in the Grade 2 listed Guildhall building, which housed the Magistrate Courts until 1995, which currently houses many of Nottinghams historic artwork dating back to the Medieval times, this work will be donated to various museums, Wollaton Hall (Wayne Manor in the Dark Knight Rises) and The Castle… The main art-deco Fire and Police station block will be demolished to make way for the new builds on site, of where the offices, conference space and residential elements will be constructed.
Nottingham City Council bought the site 2 years ago, vacating the police to offices down the road, and the fire department to a new purpose built fire station towards the edge of the city centre. Back in March, the council set out a tender for a company to co-develop the site, Miller Birch was the winning contestant; the same company who developed the 105,000Sqft, 9 storey, 59m tall Eon Headquarters back in 2011-2012 which is based on the same block (As seen below). As mentioned in other threads, Nottingham City Council supposedly have ‘deep pockets’ compared with other councils across the country, of which they buy up sites and co develop with other developers, the Eon development was the first development in the city being co-developed this way.
The development is also backed heavily by Nottingham Trent University, whose city campus is based across the road to the west.
The below renders were discovered by myself on CPMG (the architects) website, however an inside source says that the final product is to look completely different, which was also hinted by the ‘critical mass’ ‘high’ ‘towers not seen in Nottingham before’ comments. However feast your eyes, and await final renders.
From Shakespeare Street:
The site from above:
Blue represents the Miller Birch developed Eon Headquarters
Red represents the form Fire / Police and Guildhall site
The photos below of the site were taken by me last week:
Taken from roughly the same perspective as the renders above, you can see Nottinghams tallest tower at 26 storeys to the far left, the The Central Station building in the middle is to be demolished:
Taken from the opposite end of the Central station:
The Guildhall which is to be restored and converted in a 4* hotel, with the neighbouring Eon Headquarters towering over next door:
Another angle of The Guildhall, this time capturing the Art Deco Newton and Arkwright university tower to the left:
The Burton Street Canyon flanked by the Eon offices, Trinity Square, The Guildhall and the Universities Newton and Arkwright tower: