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Thumbs up to intu Broadmarsh scheme

THE people of Nottingham have given proposals for the multi-million pound redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh an overwhelming seal of approval – with 89% of people surveyed saying they were in favour of the scheme.

More than 1,600 people took part in the survey which formed part of the public consultation process between 12 to 18 February.

The survey also revealed that 83% of respondents would be “quite likely” or “very likely” to visit following the shopping centre’s redevelopment.

It also showed that more than 75% of respondents said they would be “quite likely’ or “very likely” to use the restaurants and leisure facilities at the newly developed centre in the evenings while 79% of people surveyed said that proposed new routes through intu Broadmarsh would improve pedestrian connections to the city centre.

Proposals for the redevelopment appeared for the first time online and in the exhibition hub at intu Broadmarsh – which hundreds of people visited to take a look.

Adam Tamsett, general manager of intu Broadmarsh, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the huge number of people who responded to our survey and who came to the exhibition hub to see the visuals and ‘fly through’ film.

“The redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh has been a hot topic in the city for some time, and we were delighted to invite customers to let us know what they thought of our proposals. We were overwhelmed with the response and were pleased to hear that people were really positive about what they saw.

“intu is committed to the city of Nottingham and we have been working closely with Nottingham City Council to ensure that our proposals for intu Broadmarsh complement the city council’s vision for the city and in particular their plans for the southern part of Nottingham.”

intu has listened to the people of Nottingham and is now sharing proposals based on what people have asked for – starting with providing better pedestrian routes through the centre, connections to the wider city and bringing new brands, restaurants and leisure activities – making it a destination from daytime through to the evening.

The new centre is set to include:
•A variety of places to eat, from grab and go to sit-down restaurants
•A multi-screen cinema and new places to relax and play
•A new open street to complement Middle Pavement and extend Bridlesmith Gate
•An improved new route through the centre from Lister Gate to Carrington Street, providing direct access between the train station and the rest of the city
•A new entrance on Middle Hill
•New high quality toilets, parent and child facilities and accessible facilities for wheelchair users

intu anticipates being in a position to submit an application later this spring.