New designs for 117 Lace Market apartments revealed

Revised plans for a 117-flat scheme in the Lace Market area of Nottingham have been submitted to Nottingham City Council after the original designs were deemed “stark”.

Developer Adobe Nottingham initially submitted designs last year, which were tipped for approval by the Council’s planning bosses, but the Planning Committee had other ideas.

At a meeting in July last year, councillor Malcolm Wood, Labour councillor for the Bilborough Ward, said: “It looks so stark, and the windows leave me with disdain. I really hoped there would be more detail on the elevation.”

Now, Adobe Nottingham has submitted revised designs.

The scheme involves the creation of 117 apartments; 8 studios, 43 one bed units and 66 two bed units. The apartments would be provided over seven floors (including a basement level) and across five buildings (54 and 56 High Pavement, a new building between 56 High Pavement and 9 Short Hill, 9 Short Hill and a new building along Malin Hill).

The Planning Committee had previously recommended the scheme be granted planning permission despite objections along the way from The Civic Society, Historic England and the Victorian Society.

A statement accompany the revised application states: “The design has been developed to ensure buildability and construction in accordance with building regulations (e.g. provision of fire shafts), internal layout alterations to ensure improved flat configurations (the number of flats, and mix, remain as approved), changes to basement car park layout to reduce risk of encroachment to caves, minor elevational changes to ensure opening windows can be provided to achieve natural ventilation.”