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Plans for Nottingham’s Argos site to become student apartments, with courtyard cafés

A heritage building in Nottingham is set to be restored as plans are submitted by Bmor to redevelop the current Argos site on Lower Parliament Street and regenerate the public realm in an underused part of the city.

The plans – which have been designed by Nottingham firm Franklin Ellis Architects – will refurbish the historical and detailed frontage as well as extend the structure to create an attractive nine-storey building for student living, with outside courtyard space and café.

Lombard House CGI Frontage from Lower Parliament Street

The public realm is also set to be transformed. The designs will see a new entrance on Clare Street and the access from Lower Parliament Street to Newcastle Street closed in order to create an improved pedestrian experience and safer streetscape.

James O’Brien, head of planning at Bmor, said: “We are delighted to have submitted the designs for Lombard House to Nottingham City Council as this development will rejuvenate an area of Lower Parliament street in need of investment.

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“The plans create an appealing new setting for residents and the public alike thanks to the courtyard and café space and will subsequently breathe new life into this underutilised site.”

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The design concept for the appearance, material, and detail has been informed by the existing heritage building and will use a variety of brick to create a sympathetic streetscape. The retention of the existing facade and refurbishment of the historic fabric will uplift the street scene, while the café and courtyard space on Lower Parliament will introduce high quality, active frontage and improve the public realm.

Matthew Branton, partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “The Argos building offers an attractive and detailed frontage to Lower Parliament Street but has a distinctive architectural language, with the adjacent streets offering a mix of architectural styles.

“The proposal therefore seeks to provide a well-integrated scheme, which not only enhances the heritage building but also the wider context of the adjacent Lace Market conservation area, making it a safer place for students, residents and the public.”

The proposed development, named Lombard House, includes a total of 273 beds, with a mix of cluster apartments and studios that will be primarily accessed from Clare Street. The existing Argos building will remain at ground level as well as 23 studios on the upper floors.

Bmor is a residential developer with extensive experience across the Midlands. The firm is responsible for a number of sites across the city that are currently in for planning, including the transformation of the iconic Grove Pub on Castle Boulevard, the redevelopment of a landmark former school on Ilkeston Road and a site in Sneinton Market.

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