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First look at Nottingham’s Island Quarter scheme

Developer Conygar reveal the opening phase of the Island Quarter scheme, Nottingham’s largest regeneration scheme.

Conygar, the developer behind The Island Quarter scheme in Nottingham has revealed designs for the first phase of the £650m regeneration project. Architects Jestico+Whiles worked on the development and consultants Gleeds and BWB advised on the scheme.

“Conygar has been working closely with the architects and design teams to develop these plans, not only for the first phase but also for the bigger site as well. The site will create a worldwide destination for Nottingham which will provide year-round interest and community facilities which can be used from dawn until dusk.”

Richard Watson, Director, Conygar Nottingham

The overall plans for the 40-acre site aim to deliver 950 Build to Rent homes, grade A office space, creative spaces, 20-storey lifestyle hotel, a linear park, community and event space as well as 600 student accommodation rooms. 

“The Island Quarter will be of huge benefit to the local economy and will create thousands of jobs during the build phase and beyond.” 

Robert Ware, Chief Executive, Conygar

The development – called Canal Turn – is one of the largest regeneration schemes in the UK. Artists’ impressions of the derelict site include a three-storey pavilion on the water. It features two restaurants, events space and a large rooftop terrace. Conygar also revealed a bandstand and significant amounts of public space – which will open up the canal basin area and enhance one of Nottingham’s most under-utilised features.

Conygar revealed the plans for Island Quarter during a live webisode on 17 July – a never-before seen video with Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council and Chief Executive of Conygar, Robert Ware. 

The Island Quarter showcase video

“The layers of cultural and historic legacy of this site go on for decades if not centuries. What we’re producing is a pavilion that evokes the memory of the industrial and railway age – something which looks as if it’s a legacy element that’s been left on the quayside of a working canal and will blend with that history, while providing incredibly up to date and current facilities for the future.” 

James Dilley, Director, Jestico+Whiles

“This project is a significant part of the once-in-a-generation regeneration of Nottingham and as we move into challenging times, seeing this site progress over the next decade will be critical for the city.”

Paul Seddon, Director of Planning and Regeneration, Nottingham City Council

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