After several months of public consultation, extensive design work and discussions with planning chiefs, the eagerly awaited transformation of the intu Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham has taken a considerable step forward. A detailed planning application has been submitted to Nottingham City Council.
intu’s vision is for a vibrant new southern gateway from Nottingham main line train station with improved pedestrian routes through the shopping centre and easier connections to the city and surrounding streets. The development will bring new retail brands, restaurants and leisure activities creating a more contemporary shopping centre experience with appeal for customers throughout the day and the evening. In particular, proposals include creating an increased range of places to eat, from grab-and-go to sit-down restaurants, and a multi-screen cinema giving additional reasons for customers to visit more often and stay for longer.
More than 2,500 people expressed their views on the redevelopment proposals during a public consultation, exhibition and meetings with 89% of 1,600 people formally surveyed saying they were in favour of intu’s proposals.
Martin Breeden, regional director of intu, said: “Nottingham has always been a top 10 retail city but, in the last couple of years, it’s really had the sense of a place on the way up. There’s the massive extension to the tram system, improvements to the railway station, increasing amounts of urban living and new independent stores and restaurants popping up and, of course, our own improvements to intu Victoria Centre. Our plans for intu Broadmarsh will build further on that progress, bringing new streetscapes, a new cinema and a wider retail and catering offer. We have been in the city for over 40 years with intu Victoria Centre and are fully committed to creating something special for Nottingham.”
If the planning application is successful, construction work could start on site as early as the first half of 2016 for completion by the end of 2018. These proposals form part of a £150 million investment by intu and Nottingham City Council in the Broadmarsh area, which includes the refurbishment of the car park and bus station, along with improvements to the public realm. intu’s investment is within its £1.3bn development pipeline in the UK over the next 10 years.
The architect is Benoy which also designed St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff, jointly owned by intu and Land Securities. intu Broadmarsh is owned two thirds by intu and one third by Nottingham City Council, which owns the freehold of the land.