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End to ‘false dawns’: Leslie Jones to overhaul key Nottingham site

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Leslie Jones Architecture has submitted plans for a huge mixed-use development on a key site in Nottingham after what the developer described as ‘a number of false dawns’ for the plot

The west London practice’s proposals for the former Boots Island site were submitted to the city council on behalf of Conygar Investment Company, which bought the 16ha site two years ago.

Plans include 950 homes, 600 student flats, more than 50,000m2 of office space, a five-star hotel, retail units, a linear park and community space as well as student accommodation.

Leslie Jones director Brian Tracey said: ‘The masterplan’s big idea is to orientate the masterplan around a linear park, which also creates a new east-west link for the city, and will provide a full range of facilities to develop a proper working community where people can live, work and play in a city centre location.

‘Residential courtyard blocks offering a flexibility in unit typologies face on to the park, while between the courtyard blocks are traditionally proportioned residential streets. Taller buildings have been carefully located at the gateways to the site.

‘The scheme also aims to deliver a revitalised cultural and creative hub for Nottingham with two existing warehouse buildings on the site, one of which is listed, being converted under the masterplan to form a creative market. The masterplan is designed to allow a variety of phasing solutions to adapt to market conditions and demand.’

Conygar’s Christopher Ware said the ‘high-profile’ site had seen ‘a number of false dawns’.

He added: ‘We have been working hard to ensure that our plans are realistic and will allow us to deliver an achievable scheme that will benefit Nottingham.

‘We know how significant this site is for Nottingham and we are committed to delivering a scheme which is not only unique to the city but the UK. We have been working alongside Nottingham City Council and key stakeholders to ensure that our plans complement their vision for the city.’

Lorraine Baggs, head of inward investment at local body Invest in Nottingham, added that she was ‘very pleased’ to see a planning application submitted for the ‘significant site’.

’It is one of a number of planned schemes that form part of the Southern Gateway and will breathe new life into a site which has sat unloved for many years,’ she said.

Conygar is working with regeneration specialist Lavignac Securities to deliver the scheme between Manvers Street and London Road.

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