Plans in for huge Notts town centre revamp

Plans for a 223,427 sq ft redevelopment scheme in the centre of former Nottinghamshire mining town have been submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Cotgrave town centre improvements, which have been seven years in the planning, include the refurbishment of ten existing retail units, the redevelopment of existing residential buildings to office space and a medical centre, library and police station.

Barratt Developments has been appointed contractor on the scheme, the origins of which stretch back to 2009.

The project is a partnership between Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, HCA, Metropolitan, Police, Belvoir Health Group and Cotgrave Town Council.

The proposals will open up the shopping area and will create a new public open space in front of the parade of shops. The existing health centre, library and police station will be demolished to make space for this and a brand new multi-service centre will be built on the site of Scotland Bank housing these services. This new building will act as a focal point for community activities and will also contain offices for the town council.

A statement from Allan Joyce Architects of Nottingham, which is designing the public realm and retail space, said: “The long run of retail units will have a comprehensive external refurbishment, with new shopfronts, signage and landscaped area to the front. At first floor the vacant flats will be converted into new business space accessed from a central entrance to be formed in one of the currently vacant retail units.

“The overall effect of these measures will be of a complete remodelling of the town centre making it a vibrant and attractive place for all.”