Green light for new University office space
Planners have approved Nottingham Trent University plans to create new office space on land opposite the Newton building in Goldsmith Street.
The University recently bought 23 Goldsmith Street – the site of the former Posh Spice restaurant which was badly damaged in a fire in 2010 and was left derelict.
Work to clear the site started in February while plans were drawn up for 200 capacity office block on the site.
Those plans were approved by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee on Wednesday (June 21). It gives the go-ahead for the construction of a four storey building. The ground floor will be centred around a large foyer with lifts and stairs to the upper floors. Exhibition space will also be provided towards the rear of the ground floor for student-focused activities. The higher levels will be used for office space and meeting rooms.
Ged O’Donoghue, Director of Estates at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The University needs extra space to create attractive, functional office accommodation in which to provide exemplary services to students. We hope to also provide student facing facilities in the building.
“This office building has been carefully designed to ensure it does not dominate the street scene in scale but rather adds visual interest to Goldsmith Street. We have worked closely with the immediate neighbours to help bring back into use a derelict piece of land and are thrilled that officers and the planning committee have approved the plans so that work can commence.”
Nick Gregory director at CPMG Architects said: “We are delighted the proposals have been given the go-ahead, and look forward to seeing the designs come to fruition. The finished building will revive this derelict site and be a positive addition to the streetscape.”
It is hoped building work can commence in September this year and that the building will be ready for use by October the following year.
Notes for editors
- Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
- The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
- NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
- With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.