Major overhaul of Nottingham’s ‘ugly’ Poundland building

A consultation is about to be launched on the project to redevelop an “ugly” building in the town center housing Poundland and Bon Marché stores.

It was reported last year that investors had taken over the Lower Parliament Street building which houses the shops on the ground floor.

They have announced their intention to create student apartments above the two shops in the city which will not be affected by the plans.

Maven Property (Nottingham) LP is now launching a public consultation inviting discussion of the project.

The developers hope to expand the building and improve its appearance with the aim of creating 59 single rooms and 51 studios.

Buyers said the building would benefit from a refurbishment, but were unsure whether adding student apartments was a good idea.

Callum Chester, 21, who lives in Aspley, described the building as a “giant, ugly cinder block”.

“The buildings around it are mostly old brick buildings and it comes out pretty badly,” he said.

“I don’t usually pay much attention to it, but it really does look like a giant, ugly cinder block.

“If they make it look better and the businesses stay, even if it’s just a dog pound and a clothing store, I don’t see why that would be a bad idea.”

A CGI of the proposed redesign

Levi Chambers, 20, who studies at Nottingham College, added: “I think it’s a good idea because it gets people out of overcrowded houses.

“It’s a good location, I think most of the minute it would take to get to the Victoria Center would be walking down the stairs to the apartments.

“Clubs are just down the street, too.”

According to the plan, the current “concrete bunker” style facade would be enhanced with materials to improve the street appearance of the area while remaining sympathetic to the two adjacent conservation areas.

Additional levels would be added, creating a three-level development facing Lower Parliament Street, rising to a maximum of five floors elsewhere.

The main entry point for students would be Lincoln Street.

The developers made it clear that the shops on the ground floor would be retained, saying that a pedestrian entrance should be created to increase footfall on all sides of the building.

Facilities for residents would include communal lounges, a gym, laundry, reception and bike storage.

Richard Holloway, 59, who lives in Arnold and works at Pizza Bakery in the Lenton area, said there was a greater need for new stores.

“There are too many apartments and it’s always for students,” he said.

“To me it doesn’t really look like a flat material, I think it would take a lot of work to make it look good.

“It’s very well located in the city and there are already a lot of apartments.

“It would be something different to have more stores at higher levels and to have brands like Tommy Hilfiger up there. There aren’t a lot of high-end stores here, but there are a lot of ‘apartments.’

Bill Goodman, 64, a carer who lives in St Ann’s and worked at the Victoria Centre, said: ‘It’s an ugly building, but students go everywhere, don’t they. It looks like a lot of flats around.

“Anyway, the building would look better if they changed it up a bit. It’s very gray and tired.

“It’s in a great location, obviously you have the shops outside but you also have all the buses here which will be useful for students.”

The developers said no parking facilities would be included due to the availability of bicycle storage and the “preferred central location”.

Carolyn McEwan of Maven Capital Partners said: “This project will see the complete transformation of a building which is one of the least attractive in Nottingham city centre.

“Our proposals would see an attractive development put forward to serve Nottingham’s growing student population and to improve the appearance of the area.

“Furthermore, by incorporating while enhancing the existing structure into our development, we can reduce the environmental impact of construction to create a more sustainable development.”

A planning application has yet to be submitted but Maven Property (Nottingham) is launching an online consultation which will run until March 17.

The units between 191 and 195 Lower Parliament Street were sold to property investors Maven Capital Partners for £3.7million.

The space was originally built as part of the Victoria Centre, connected by the bridge over Lower Parliament Street.

Poundland and Cheap have been contacted for comment.

The consultation can be viewed by clicking here.

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