The Broadmarsh car park will be redeveloped and Collin Street will be closed to traffic as part of ambitious plans to transform Nottingham city centre.
The City Council has unveiled detailed proposals for the infamous car park, seen as the final piece in a jigsaw which includes an overhaul of the Broadmarsh shopping centre, improvements to Nottingham Castle and a new college building.
Work will start next year and finish in 2019, with a £250million investment expected to return £1.1billion per year as well as creating nearly 3,000 new jobs.
- Broadmarsh car park redeveloped to include new shops and cafes
- Better bus station layout
- Collin Street pedestrianised to link car park and Broadmarsh shopping centre
- Will complement existing plans to improve Nottingham Castle, build a new college, upgrade Carrington Street, and upgrade Broadmarsh shopping centre
The council’s portfolio holder for jobs and growth, Councillor Nick McDonald said: “I’m excited about these significant developments which will massively transform the whole south side of the city.
“Our scheme will help to give a good, welcoming impression of our city to the many new visitors and leisure seekers arriving in this part of the city and it will deliver a return on the public investment being put into it.
“This is forecast to bring three million additional visitors per year to Nottingham.”
Picture gallery: How the area around the car park will be transformed by the new plans
Planning the transformation of the Broadmarsh car park and Collin Street was seen as the last step in overhauling the southern end of the city.
Owners of the shopping centre, Intu, had already submitted its plans, leaving the council to unveil its plans for the car park.
Video: Cllr Nick McDonald explains how the “Southern Gateway” scheme will work
Cllr McDonald added: “We have spent a long time planning this in order to make sure that it is likely to work by having several years of careful debate with our consultants.
“We have held off announcing anything until now as we wanted to be confident that we can make it happen and we are now in that position.”
We have a once in a generation opportunity to transform this part of the city
Speaking about the redevelopment, Jon Collins said: “We have a once in a generation opportunity to transform this part of the city.
“This will help to grow the city as a whole and to boost the city centre economy by attracting millions of pounds into our retail and leisure sector.
“This will also help to create a significant number of jobs for local people.”
Picture: The red route shows how traffic will flow through the city once Collin Street is closed