Green light for Hockley mixed-use scheme in former sewing machine factory

How the scheme will look

Plans to redevelop a derelict building in the Hockley area of Nottingham into retail space and student accommodation have been approved.

Carlton Street Trading will turn the former Grains Building, which was last used a shop selling toys and models, on Heathcote Street into 74 student bedrooms on the upper floors and a cafe on the ground floor.

The building was originally used to make sewing machines and was built in the 1930s.

The development will be designed by Leonard Design Architects.

John Morgan from Leonard Design told in December: “This is a building that the people of Nottingham will be able to look at, see and touch.

“It’s great that the big-ticket schemes such as the Island Quarter, Broadmarsh, Unity Square and Castle are coming forward, but we also need more entrepreneurial developers bringing forward schemes in parallel in other areas of the city – and that’s what Carlton Street is doing with the Grains building.”

He added: “Carlton Street have enough faith in Nottingham that they’re willing to develop speculatively across the city. Their belief in the city is so strong.”