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Old Market Square, Nottingham by Gustafson Porter

Smithy Row, Nottingham

Previously in a strict geometric orientation towards the Council House, the new layout is less structured, providing a more fluid, inviting public space. It allows the surrounding buildings both to complement each other and stand out individually for their architectural character.

This calm, quiet space retains its own distinctiveness and sense of place through its organic structure responding to existing site conditions: level change, traffic edge, axis and other elements. The resulting design forms bands of terracing and ramps leading to and from water features and a city wall marker. Elements such as the terracing and water feature convey an identity of their own through sound, movement and delight whilst also mirroring the existing city in the reflecting pool.

Client: Steve Hunt – Nottingham City Council
Contractor: Wayne Metcalfe Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
Structural Engineer: ARUP
Services Engineer:
Contract Value: £7 Million
Date of completion March 2006
Gross internal area: 11.500m2

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