Plans revealed to turn landmark Nottingham building into student flats

Plans to turn part of one of Nottingham’s most striking buildings into student flats have been revealed.

Johal, Munshi and Co want to turn the upper floors above The Achemist bar and restaurant on King Street into 23 apartments.

The flats, which have been designed by Rayner Davies Architects, would be on the first, second and third floors of the building.

The listed King Street Prudential Assurance Building is on the corner of King Street and Queen Street. It was designed by the renowned architect Alfred Waterhouse and built in 1893-1898. The building was listed as Grade II in 1972.

The space has been marketed as offices for some time, but has remained vacant.

A statement accompanying the plans reads: “The proposed scheme has been developed following a considered and carefully designed process that has sought to retain and celebrate as much as possible of the existing heritage design and character of this Grade II Listed Building, whilst upgrading and converting it in order to make it meet contemporary living standards.

“Sadly, it is considered that retaining 11 King Street as offices is not feasible due to lack of demand. The proposals will enable this building to continue to be
used, enjoyed, and will benefit and preserve the future of the building for many years to come.”