Nottingham-based Thomas Bow City Asphalt has started work on the public realm regeneration of Cotgrave town centre.
The works, due to complete in summer 2019, include the demolition of the former library, police buildings and health centre as well as the construction of a new public realm, car park and surrounding landscaping
The scheme forms part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s £10.5 million regeneration project in Cotgrave and follows a new multi-service centre on Scotland Bank – incorporating the medical centre, police station and library – a new business centre and new shop fronts.
John Allen, major projects director at Thomas Bow, said: “We’re delighted to start on site in Cotgrave as the demolition of the old buildings along with improved landscaping is a huge step forward for the regeneration plans.
“Our experienced teams have worked on similar public realm projects such as the Lincoln Transport Hub alongside local projects such as the Rushcliffe Arena and bring a lot of experience in operating in busy public environments. We therefore hope to minimise the impact of our works on the local area. The regeneration will help transform the town centre and we’re pleased to play a part in the works.”
The central square – designed by local practice Allan Joyce Architects – has been created with the idea of hosting markets and events in the future. The space will include new car parking areas, high quality paving, seating areas, lighting and landscaping.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s portfolio holder for economic growth and business Cllr Andy Edyvean said: “The start of works here marks a further milestone in the regeneration of Cotgrave, building on the opening of the Hub and creating a more contemporary space that will only attract more people to the town centre.
“More accessible car parking here from the summer months onwards will help our businesses to flourish further and the new neighbouring play park will equally help bring footfall to the new centre. Remember to continue to support businesses here as the works take place in the coming weeks and months.”