‘Landmark’ Nottingham scheme gets green light

How the new scheme will look

A new 58,500 sq ft mixed-use building which could totally transform the entrance to Nottingham’s Sneinton Market area, has been given the go-ahead by City Council planning chiefs.

Back in January, TheBusinessDesk.com exclusively revealed that Sam Burt’s Carlton Street Trading, which was responsible for refurbishing and re-opening the Fox & Grapes pub in Sneinton Market, was behind the plans, which also include a football museum.

In conjunction with Leonard Design, Burt and his team want to build a “landmark” scheme at the Parliament Street entrance to Sneinton Market on the site of a low-rise building which has been derelict for a decade. The four or five storey development will include 176 student beds, exhibition space and a 3,000 sq ft bar and restaurant area.

He told TheBusinessDesk.com: “This is a great result for Sneinton and the marketplace with us finally seeing the back of the current eyesore on the site.”

The new building will also provide a permanent exhibition space for Stuart Roy Clarke’s celebrated Homes of Football photographic collection.

Clarke admits he has “fallen in love” with Nottingham and wants the city to be the new home for his work.

He told us: “For most of my life I have kept my photographic collection The Homes of Football on the road – a reminder of the things that are important to the game, which aren’t always newsworthy. All the authorities involved in the game have liked it – and respected that it has remained an independent collection. Owned by me but in a sense I feel it is owned by you. For a decade I made a permanent home to it in Ambleside, The Lake District. Some people came there especially to see it. Others stumbled on it.

“Having relocated for family reasons to Lincolnshire, and worked on the City of Football projects in Nottingham, and fallen a little bit in love with Nottingham, I feel the time is right again to have a permanent home to this collection – at Sneinton, facing the Motorpoint Arena.

“The Nottingham clubs will feature prominently – but it is a national collection. The Sunderland picture “Looking Up” (above) has in recent months featured on the front cover of various magazines, including L’Equipe of Paris just when France won The World Cup. What captures the imagination everywhere it seems is not so much the score, nor Sunderland’s standing, nor who they were playing, but rather the inclusive nature of the shot. So many youngsters are featured (it was as long ago as 1996 and many have children of their own now) – and everyone looking comfortable : like they belong.

“My whole collection is about belonging. It will soon ‘belong’ to Nottingham.”

Burt added: “The football museum should be a great addition to the development attracting some 50,000 visitors to the area.”



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