Eyesore Lace Market building gets green light for new rejuvenation plans

A historic building on Stoney Street is set to be redeveloped into homes and offices
By Jamie Waller, Local Democracy Reporter

A prominent Lace Market building which the developer says currently gives a “poor impression” to the area will be brought back to life after revised plans were given the go-ahead.

The former textile workshops on Stoney Street will be converted into offices and apartments, rejuvenating the prominent city centre corner.

The building will be extended to the corner of Woolpack Lane on the footprint of where a previous building once stood.

A café and bar has been dropped from the original plans, which were approved in 2022.

It will now include nine apartments and open-plan office space in the sought-after city centre location.

How the Lace Market building on Stoney Lane will look after an extension
Credit: Marsh:Grochowksi Architects

The building is notable for its Victorian architecture and street art of figures such as Batman.

The application, from Marsh:Grochowksi Architects, says the demolished space “gives a very poor impression in this prime location in the Conservation Area”.

The work will create a curved four-storey extension on the building, mirroring similar architecture in the Lace Market area, with a new entrance on Woolpack Lane.

The structure was originally two buildings, constructed in the late Victorian period, which were since connected.

They have since been used as educational workshops, and are now vacant.

The front of the former textile miles on Stoney Street in the Lace Market

The application says: “By converting this building, it is being brought back into use, providing accommodation, office space and amenities to the local community.”

Plans say that minimal work would be needed to refit the areas as offices and apartments for rent.

A ground-storey building to the rear would be demolished, and the rooftop terrace would be created for one apartment.

The altered proposals have been given the green light by Nottingham City Council.

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