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Advisory panel of industry heavyweights appointed to spearhead ambitious vision for Nottingham's Broadmarsh site

Resolving the future of Nottingham’s Greater Broadmarsh site took a step forward today as an independent advisory panel was appointed by the city council to offer recommendations.

Featuring representatives from Boots and Historic England, the design and delivery will help to build an ambitious vision for transforming more than 20 acres of land in the heart of the city centre.

The volunteers have been chosen for their expert knowledge and experience in urban design, architectural expertise, work on delivering major international and national projects, and their understanding of the city’s heritage and future.

Chaired by Greg Nugent – a former London 2012 director who has also helped set up The Nottingham Project, a group aiming to reinvigorate the city – the panel has been asked to recommend two crucial aspects for the future of the site – a creative vision for the space and how Nottingham can deliver the project over the next decade.

Nottingham City Council leader, Councillor David Mellen, said: “The announcement is a significant step forward in reimagining our city centre and redefining the future of Nottingham.

“This is one of the largest development spaces of this nature in any core city in Europe and represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Nottingham.

“It lies at the heart of the major regeneration taking place on the southside of Nottingham currently, including the transformation of Nottingham Castle, the new Nottingham College City Hub, the Island Quarter, a new car park, bus station and central library building, and major improvements to the public space around Broadmarsh.

“We have said from the very beginning, since the lease for the Broadmarsh Centre was handed back to us, that to make the most of the opportunity here we will need partners and advisors with the best interests of the city at heart.

“To meet that commitment, we have asked Greg Nugent of The Nottingham Project to lead a group of people which we believe will advise and work in partnership with the council in creating a stunning future for the site.”

Who is in the Greater Broadmarsh design and delivery advice panel?

Some of the national experts joining the group include Paul Seddon, director of planning and regeneration at the city council; Nick Ebbs, chairman of the Nottingham Growth Board; Louise Brennan, director of Historic England in the Midlands; Mark Chivers, director of estates at Boots UK; Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project; Jerome Frost, leader of Arup UK’s sustainable development efforts; and world renowned urban designer Kathryn Frith.

The panel was set up after more than 3,000 responses to The Big Conversation, a public consultation exercise on how the Broadmarsh – currently in a half-demolished state after former owner intu collapsed midway through its planned shopping centre redevelopment – should be revitalised.

Over the coming months, the panel will develop a vision based on the insights, recommendations and proposals submitted to date, as well as the knowledge and learnings from industry experts.

A creative vision for the space will be published in summer 2021.

Greg Nugent said: “As someone who calls Nottingham home, it’s an honour to be asked to lead this incredible project of huge importance to our city, and also bring together an independent panel of experts who will provide exceptional experience for the task ahead.

“Nottingham has a huge opportunity to use the Greater Broadmarsh space to create something that transforms the future of the city – this is perhaps the biggest opportunity the city has ever had.

“It is also an opportunity for our city to once again lead the way at a time when cities around the world will be thinking how they reconfigure following the impact of Covid-19 and the associated impact on the retail sector.

“I very much look forward to working with the team and the city to bring forward a stunning future for Nottingham.”