Conygar’s The Island Quarter achieves prestigious RIBA award

Phase one of The Conygar Investment Company Plc's The Island Quarter scheme in Nottingham achieves a prestigious RIBA award.

Conygar's The Island Quarter development in Nottingham has achieved the RIBA award | BTR News
Conygar's The Island Quarter development in Nottingham has achieved the RIBA award.

Property investment and development group – The Conygar Investment Company Plc – has announced that phase one of The Island Quarter development has won a prestigious Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) Regional Award in the East Midlands for its design delivered by Jestico + Whiles.

On Thursday 23 May, the ceremony for the achievement commended the unlocking of the post-industrial brownfield site, 1 The Island Quarter (1TIQ), which has now formed a gateway to a new cultural hub in Nottingham City Centre. It boasts two restaurants, an events venue and outdoor live music and entertainment space.

Some of the carefully considered design features that caught the attention of judges include the use of red brick from the Nottingham Patent Brick Company and the repeated motif of the arches across the facade to reflect the links to the old railway building on site.

RIBA’s ambition is to support British architects and the awards recognise those leading the way in design excellence.

“Every aspect of the design for 1TIQ is the result of research and collaboration, to ensure we delivered a space that began a true transformation of the site, which has been derelict for 30 years. Working alongside Conygar and the masterplanning team we have created something to be proud of and it’s rewarding to have that recognised with this RIBA Award.”

James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles

The mixed-use development at the 36-acre site will be transformed to deliver new homes including a Build to Rent scheme, grade A office space, creative spaces, a lifestyle hotel, PRS apartments and co-working space, retail units, a ‘linear’ park, vibrant community and event space and student accommodation.

The development is a vital part of the regeneration of Nottingham’s Southside and the developers are working closely with Nottingham City Council to align with its vision for the city. Conygar purchased The Island Quarter site in 2016 and revealed its opening phase in 2020.

“As the first phase of our 36-acre development, 1TIQ had to represent what we wanted to achieve across the wider masterplan – a space that celebrates the site’s vast history while bringing it into economic use for the future. Alongside Jestico + Whiles, we have achieved this by not compromising quality and user experience at any stage of the design. Winning the RIBA award is a fantastic achievement, that solidifies our commitment to regenerating the site and establishing a sense of place for the area that celebrates its extensive industrial history.”

Christopher Ware, Property Director, Conygar