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Marsh: Grochowski Architects has submitted these proposals, which aim to convert a vast swathe of Nottingham into a new zero-carbon community, for planning permission. The £40 million regeneration scheme, dubbed the O Zone, will overhaul the Meadows area of the city and, according to the practice, is the only scheme in the UK to redevelop an existing residential area into a zero-carbon community. The focal point of the plans is a £9 million tower featuring a funicular lift rising up the slope of a supporting structure to a viewing platform. Standing 60m tall, the tower will provide visitors with impressive views across Nottingham, and will generate at least 60 per cent of its energy from the sun and the River Trent. Around the tower will be a lagoon, a restaurant, a café, a children's play area and exhibition spaces. Marsh: Grochowski is leading a team including Arup, Gleeds, landscape designer LDA Design and the Nottingham Energy Partnership.

It hopes to secure funding for the scheme from the Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmarks programme, but will face heated competition for this cash from the likes of Grimshaw's Eden Project extension (ajplus 16.04.07) and Make's Sherwood Forest visitor centre.

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