£25m Nottingham gateway scheme approved
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Plans to build a £25m apartment block at one of the key routes into Nottingham have been approved.
The move by ALB Group to build 100 homes will regenerate land at 152-160 London Road, currently used as a car valeting centre.
The news comes after Nottingham City Council’s planning committee deferred the decision for a month.
The site is on one of the main arterial routes into the city centre from the south and is just half a mile from both Nottingham Forest and Notts County football clubs, Trent Bridge, the home of Nottinghamshire Cricket Club, and the leafy Victoria Embankment by the River Trent.
The 64 one-bed, 35 two-bed and one three-bed apartments will have “living walls” to boost its ecological value.
It includes a restaurant and café and is near the Nottingham Urban Design Guide Zone of Reinvention and the Waterside Regeneration Zone.
ALB Group’s managing director Arran Bailey said he was “delighted” at being granted permission.
He said: “We look forward to creating a great gateway building into Nottingham and transforming this area. This is a key site for the city, contractors HBW Construction and us.
“It has been a long process , but I feel we have ended up with the perfect building for this land and will bring much-needed homes and increase footfall to the south of the city.
“Having such great sports clubs on the doorstep and being so close to the River Trent should make it a popular spot.”
Simon Birch, director at CBP Architects, said: “It is a pleasure to be involved with such a prominent residential and commercial development in an unrivalled location in Nottingham.
“The design of the scheme respects its position on one of the main routes into the city and will provide a striking piece of architecture to welcome visitors and commuters along the route.
“The contemporary design including living walls and planted terraces will help to bring the building to life and provide a natural ‘green’ feel to its aesthetic, as well as boasting sustainable energy credentials to maximise the building’s performance and efficiency.”
The apartments will have balconies, spacious communal terraces, a two-storey restaurant, café and bar, basement car parking and a gym for use by residents.
The living walls will be maintained using grey water recycling through a built-in irrigation and drainage system.
Solar panels on the roof will also provide a sustainable source of electricity to the building.
Work on the development, which takes in the site of a former Indian restaurant, should start in March 2022 and take 16 months to complete.