Broadmarsh scheme gets its skateboards on

Photo by Enoch Leung, CC BY-SA 2.0

A skateboard area will form part of the Broadmarsh regeneration scheme, Nottingham City Council has revealed.

The project is a collaboration between the council, Skate Nottingham and Skateboard GB.

It will be situated on Sussex Street and feature modular pieces of skateable street furniture designed and built by Betongpark, a specialist firm responsible for recent skateboarding installations at Somerset House and The Strand in London.

Work on the skateboard area is expected to be completed by Autumn 2022.

The area will be different from a traditional skatepark in that the items of skateable street furniture will move around as the Broadmarsh plan develops.

Nottingham City Council leader David Mellen said: “This is a really forward-thinking project for our young people to get involved with and, when completed, will help to further enhance this key part of the Broadmarsh area.

“Sussex Street is taking shape quickly and has been totally transformed. Walking up into town from Canal Street now is a pleasant experience and we know what a difference it makes for students working out of the new college campus.

“Introducing a skateboard space fits in perfectly with the wider, more contemporary feel of the area and we look forward to seeing how it develops over the coming months.”

James Hope-Gill, CEO of Skateboard GB, added: “This is incredibly exciting, one year on from Team GB’s Olympic skateboarding medal.

“Cities like Nottingham taking the initiative to design skateboarding into a wider development that encourages socialising, urban sports and active play is really innovative, and helps us imagine how town centres can recover and re-invent themselves in exciting and inclusive ways while enabling more children and adults to Skate More, Skate Better.”