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Tesco ditches Mangera Yvars' Nottingham store

Tesco has officially scrapped plans for a ‘ground-breaking’ new £40 million Tesco supermarket in Nottingham designed by Mangera Yvars Architects

Back in May the supermarket giant pulled its planning application for the scheme – the result of a high-profile, international design competition which was won by AJ/Corus 40 | Under 40 Practice last December (see below).

However the company had been hoping to thrash out a way forward for a proposed 11,400m² superstore on the so-called Island Site in the Eastside Regeneration Zone.

The scheme had been recommend for refusal on the grounds that it did not ‘accord with the key architectural characteristic of a high-density and urban scale development endorsed within the [existing and] approved masterplan’.

A spokesman for Tesco told the BBC the company was now ‘keen to look at others sites and keen to invest in Nottingham’. He added: ‘We thought it was a great site and a great opportunity for the Eastside development - with a good supermarket that would have kick-started the Eastside scheme.’

Ali Manghera, co-founder of London-based Mangera Yvars Architects, said: ‘We hope to do another project with Tesco. They were happy with us and with the scheme too.

‘There were too many planning issues to consider.’

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Martin Young, chief architect at Tesco
‘The international architectural competition reflected our desire to take a different approach to the design of a supermarket and challenge established thinking. Mangera Yvars Architects developed a landmark design that would have set new standards for the next generation of retail-led sustainable development that Tesco is seeking to achieve. 
‘Tesco remains committed to pioneering new architectural designs in the future and in particular working with Mangera Yvars Architects. As a company we want to ensure our stores provide a great shopping trip for our customers and we recognise the environment we provide for customers plays a large part in this. We will continue to work with a wide range of architects to develop exciting new store proposals, such as our developments in Sheffield Savile Street and Woolwich Love Lane which utilise the best in modern architecture.’

Previous story (AJ 02.06.11)

Mangera Yvars’ Nottingham Tesco pulled from planning

Tesco has withdrawn plans for a ‘ground-breaking’ new £40 million Tesco supermarket in Nottingham designed by Mangera Yvars Architects

The supermarket giant pulled its planning application for the scheme – the result of a high-profile, international design competition which was won by AJ/Corus 40 Under 40 Practice last December – just hours before it was due to go to committee (25 May).

Nottingham City Council’s planning officers had recommended refusal for Tesco’s proposed 11,400m² superstore on the so-called Island Site in the Eastside Regeneration Zone on the grounds that it did not ‘accord with the key architectural characteristic of a high-density and urban scale development endorsed within the [existing and] approved masterplan’ (see agenda attached).

An authority spokesman said: ‘The Tesco application would [have] resulted in a single, solid block being developed to the north of the site and would place all of the retail in one location, which is one of the reasons why the application is recommended for refusal.’

Tesco is now hoping to sit down with the council to thrash out a way forward.

A spokesman for Tesco said: ‘We were really excited about this scheme, the site has been undeveloped and derelict since the 1980s. It is crying out for investment. However the council had concerns approaching the committee date.

He added: ‘We will approach the council with an open mind.

‘To say we are going back to the drawing board would be to say we are going completely back to the start. However we have an exciting design – a great work of architecture – which we are looking to bring forward.

‘This situation is no reflection on the architect nor of the competition process nor the quality of responses to it. Indeed we are considering running another one. This is about the local council.’  

A future timescale is not yet known.

Previous story (AJ 02.12.10)

Mangera Yvars bags Nottingham Tesco prize

Mangera Yvars Architects has won an international competition to design a new £40 million Tesco supermarket in Nottingham

The Barcelona and south London-based practice beat Rex Architects, Michael Aukett Architects, Hawkins\Brown, Accord, Benoy and Broadway Malyan to win the contentious project.

Tesco this week submitted a planning application for the 14-hectare scheme (pictured) which will feature an 11,400m² superstore.

Launching an international design competition was a first for the food-retailing company however the project is Tesco’s second attempt to build a superstore on the city centre island site.

A Hopkins Architects-designed scheme for the site was previously abandoned due to poor market conditions.

Tony Fletcher, spokesperson for Tesco, said: ‘If approved our proposals would create hundreds of new jobs for local people, with a percentage of these jobs being reserved for long-term unemployed applicants, and serve to kick start development in the area.

‘It has generally been acknowledged that Nottingham would benefit from a large foodstore. Our view is that the Eastside Island site is a convenient, sustainable location in an area of the city that needs regeneration.’

The judging panel was chaired by CZWG’s Piers Gough. As many as 133 practices expressed an interest in the competition with 45 companies submitting official entries. A 12-strong shortlist was whittled down to seven in June.

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