First open-air route since 1970s to open through former Broadmarsh shopping centre

A new pedestrian route is to be opened up across the demolished section of the former Broadmarsh shopping centre – providing uninterrupted open air access between the Southside of the city into the city centre for the first time since the Broadmarsh centre was built in the early 1970s.

The route will replace a covered walkway has been in place to maintain pedestrian access during demolition work.

City Council leader, councillor David Mellen, said: “There are huge changes underway in the Broad Marsh area, with vastly improved streets creating pleasant areas to walk and relax, along with the new car park that’s already open, bus station that’s now started running coach services and the Central Library where fit-out gets underway this summer.

“Of course, one of the major changes is the demolition of the former shopping centre, which makes way for a fantastic vision of what could replace it. We’re pleased that this phase of demolition is now nearing completion, allowing us to open up a new open air pedestrian route between the Southside and city centre for the first time in almost fifty years.

“This is a small but significant step towards creating a reimagined gateway to the city that will play an important role in Nottingham’s future, making it a more attractive and accessible part of the city.”

Now that contractors Willmott Dixon, acting on behalf of the city council, have demolished a substantial section of the shopping centre, including areas most recently occupied by Argos, BHS, Boots and TK Maxx among others, it’s possible to provide a pedestrian link between Collin Street and Listergate.

The new route will open later this summer with the previous covered walkway being closed.