Major Milestone for Broadmarsh Development

Construction of the new Broadmarsh Library, Car Park and Bus Station has reached a significant milestone this week, as installation of building foundations begins and I was proud to visit the construction site with Steve Merrin, Operations Director of Galliford Try and David Williams, Deputy Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2.

Now construction work is visibly underway both here and at intu Broadmarsh, local people will start to benefit from the new construction jobs and training in the city, and subsequently when the developments are complete. We can look forward to a fantastic new area, bringing a variety of new jobs, the best children’s library in the country and a welcoming Broadmarsh area Nottingham can be proud of.

The development of Nottingham’s Southside area is ambitious, providing new spaces for people to work, live, play and learn with new Grade A office space, housing, retail and leisure opportunities and the new Nottingham College City Hub. It’s an exciting time for Nottingham as these unprecedented developments get underway. This does mean there will be some disruption, but we intend to keep this to an absolute minimum while we transform the Southside area of the city.

It’s important to note that this redevelopment is not at the cost of council services people expect such as street cleaning, bin collection or Community Protection Officers. The money the council is investing in this is not council tax – instead the council has secured external funding and loans, supported by increasing car parking, advertising and rental income so council services aren’t affected.

The people of Nottingham have shown a lot of patience by waiting for the forthcoming redevelopment of the area and it’s about to be rewarded. This redevelopment is about the future of our city and will bring jobs, growth, more visitors and greater confidence in the city centre. Already the redevelopment is inspiring private sector investment around the area, at Unity Square, City Buildings and the Island Site to name a few, meaning there will be better opportunities for those who live and work here and more prosperity for local people.