Artist impressions of how the revamped Guildhall could look Plans to transform iconic Guildhall

One of Nottingham city centre’s most iconic buildings is to be reinvented as a four-star hotel and wedding venue after plans were approved. Nottingham City Council has granted planning permission to a joint

venture between Locksley Hotels Ltd and hotel group Ascena to turn the Guildhall into a 162-bed venue that will include a rooftop fine dining restaurant, spa, and wedding and conference facilities, creating 250 jobs. The currently vacant site, which dates back to 1887, has previously

hosted a magistrates’ court, police station and fire station, while it was most recently used as the city council’s offices. As well as featuring luxury hotel rooms in its next lifetime, existing

courtrooms will be converted into a bar and restaurant while retaining the original listed elements. The modern extension to the northern elevation of the existing building will also use high-grade materials to give a nod to Nottingham’s lace

Hospital radiology relocation complete

The £2m relocation of the interventional radiology department to the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester has now completed. National independent property,

construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard was appointed by the University Hospital of Leicester via the NHS SBS framework to develop a previous RIBA Stage 3 outline design to a RIBA Stage 4 detail design. Working closely with architecture practice CPMG, structural engineering firm Curtins and quantity surveyor RLB, Pick Everard provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new ward. Stephen Howe, director of

building services and project lead at Pick Everard, which has offices in Leicester and Nottingham, said: “Reconfiguring any form of existing space can always present challenges, especially with mechanical and electrical elements, but when working in a hospital or healthcare setting it’s imperative to make sure everything is accurate so that specialist equipment will run properly.”

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heritage in its design. John Wilby, project lead for Ascena, said: “After it has sat vacant for the

best part of a decade, we’re pleased to have hit this significant milestone in breathing new life into it. “The development will not only bring jobs to the area but will also help

elevate the city as a tourist destination.” The Guildhall building itself will house the hotel following a sensitive

restoration of the Grade II-listed building and Fire Station House, while more modern extensions at the back of the building will be demolished and rebuilt. Work is expected to begin in the coming months. Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said the

mixed-use development would “help to reinvigorate this part of the city centre at a time when new developments and the jobs they bring are very welcome indeed.”

Becketwell plans move forward

Multi-million-pound plans to regenerate one of Derby city centre’s most important sites have taken another step forward. Developer St James Securities has submitted a

reserved matters application for detailed planning consent to build 259 apartments at Becketwell and, subject to approval, hopes to make a start on building work in April – with completion by the end of 2022. The Leeds-based company received committee

approval at the start of 2020. In early September, it was formally granted outline permission for the scheme, as well as detailed planning approval to develop a new public square as the centrepiece of the scheme.

Aerial view of the planned Becketwell regeneration

It also intends to create offices and commercial

space as part of a £200m-plus investment and has partnered with Derby City Council to deliver a new 3,500-capacity performance and conference arena on part of the site. Demolition of the former Debenhams store, which

occupied part of the site, was completed earlier this year and now the reserved matters application for the apartments – which, together with the public square, will form phase one of the scheme – has been lodged. St James Securities development director Paul

Morris said the company was in advanced discussions with funders for the scheme and hoped to be able to announce the name of its backers soon.

Work could begin in spring 2021

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