University plans to restore former chapel into graduation venue

Nottingham Trent University has submitted plans to convert a former Wesleyan Chapel into a venue for degree ceremonies and other prestigious events.

Artist's impression of 48 Shakespeare Street
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48 Shakespeare Street
Artist's impression of 48 Shakespeare Street

48 Shakespeare Street was bought by the University earlier this year with the view to converting it into use as University Hall, preserving the listed building and securing its future.

The original building, most recently used as a synagogue, was constructed in 1854 to designs by Thomas Stimpson but a large rear extension was added in 1976.

At the front of the chapel, facing Shakespeare Street, a new foyer will be created and the chapel will be opened up with the replacement of solid screens with glass.

The University proposes demolishing the rear extension and replacing it with a sympathetic contemporary extension to create a Music Centre and dining facility. This will be linked to the main building with a glass vestibule. The Music Centre will provide dance and music studios and practice rooms.

The plans, submitted to Nottingham City Council, also propose a new stained glass window for the front of the building, depicting the University’s crest.

Steve Denton, Chief Operating Officer at Nottingham Trent University, said: “NTU is the ideal guardian for this building and will ensure its long term care. We have proved our sensitive and award winning approach to restoring important buildings with the transformation of 50 Shakespeare Street and our iconic Arkwright Building.”

If plans are approved, the University hopes the hall can be used for graduation ceremonies from next year, along with other cultural events and its Distinguished Lectures series.

Mr Denton added: “NTU prides itself on offering a personalised student experience and The University Hall will help to deliver that for our graduation ceremonies.”

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    • Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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University plans to restore former chapel into graduation venue

Published on 25 July 2017
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