One of Nottingham’s longest-running sagas looks set to be resolved after intu Properties unveiled proposals for a major redevelopment of Broadmarsh Shopping Centre.
The designs for the proposed redevelopment have been shown in an exhibition hub at the centre since May 2014, with customers able to share views and ideas. Following the feedback, intu is set to put the plans on display for the first time.
There have been plenty of false dawns for the shopping centre. Previous owners Westfield at one stage planned a £500m makeover, which would have included a tram stop as part of the complex and a complete overhaul of the whole area.
The current scheme, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs, includes the construction of a new cinema, facilities and restaurants, as well as a new entrance on Middle Hill and an improved new route through the centre from Lister Gate to Carrington Street.
“It will create lots of jobs and boost Nottingham’s economic potential during construction and when completed,” said intu Properties general manager, Adam Tamsett.
“We want to completely change Broadmarsh from a daytime shopping venue to a place where you could spend the evening after shopping. We want to create a destination where people want to spend longer.
“It’s a real catalyst for growth on the south side of the city and we’re also working closely with the city council to improve the Southern Gateway.”
Tamsett added that a range of new retailers could be attracted to Nottingham as a shopping destination if the redevelopment goes ahead.
He said: “We know when we create the right space and environment, they will come here.”
The planning application for the project is set to be submitted in spring following the three-day exhibition at Broadmarsh. If approved, work could start in 2016 with a view to finishing in 2018.
Tamsett also confirmed that Broadmarsh will not shut during the phased construction and shops there will continue to trade as normal.
Intu also owns the Victoria Centre in Nottingham and has ploughed £40m into a programme of remodelling and refurbishment works at the venue.