Conversion of landmark waterside site into flats gets thumbs up from planners

The building in Nottingham city centre

Plans by a joint venture between the Canal & River Trust and developer block group to redevelop a landmark Nottingham into flats have received the backing of city council planning bosses.

As we revealed back in September of last year, H2O Urban wants to convert British Waterways Building near Nottingham Railway Station from leisure to residential use.

Nottingham City Council’s planning committee will vote on the plans on Wednesday September 21.

They reveal a development made up of 95 residential units – 12 studios, 42 one-bedroom apartments and 41 two-bedroom apartments, including construction of a rooftop extension providing eight apartments.

The works would also include alterations to include new lifts, staircases, secondary glazing, reception and a communal lounge.

The redevelopment project has been designed by Franklin Ellis and has been described as a “sensitive conversion”.

A planning statement adds: “The building is currently partially occupied by a comedy club (Glee). However, the lease for the space is coming to an end and will not be renewed by the occupiers. The other areas of lower floors were formally occupied by a pub (The Company Inn, Wetherspoons) and the upper floors by a gymnasium but are all currently empty. There has been little commercial interest in the space.”

The British Waterways Building is a prominent Grade 2 listed building located immediately adjacent to the Nottingham Canal within the Castle Wharf area of the city centre. It was originally built in 1919 for the storage and loading of goods and materials onto canal barges for transportation across the country.

Richard Thomas, bloc group development director, leading on the project for H2O Urban, said: “The British Waterways Building is a much-loved feature of Nottingham’s canal side area. It has played a key role in city life in the past and we want to see it do so again. H2O Urban’s plans would see the building fully utilised for the first time in many decades. This will help to preserve the building by giving it a long-term future while also adding a sense of safety and vibrancy to the canal side area.”