Victorian building in Nottingham to become 150 apartments and gym

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Plans for 150 new homes on the site of a derelict Victorian warehouse on London Road have been warmly welcomed by councillors.

City planning bosses praised the design for the new building, which will sit between the London Road Fire Station and the Hicking Building.

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After the scheme was given approval this afternoon (February 20), there will now be 150 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a gym built on the site.

It is hoped construction will start in late spring this year and complete the project in June 2020.

Unusually, the development received unanimous support at Nottingham City Council’s planning committee.

In particular, councillors supported the proposal to keep the facade of the existing building, and to build the property around it.

The older building will be the shortest part of the development, while the rest of the building on what is now a car wash will be taller.

There will also be a car park in the basement.

Councillor Wendy Smith, who represents the Bilborough Ward for Labour, said: “I have to say I join my colleagues in having no objections at all to this – on the contrary I really like it. I like the way the old building has been used. I like the way the windows are laid out and I really like the curve on the corner.”

Councillor Michael Edwards, who represents the Bridge ward for Labour, said: “My only complaint is that I have nothing to complain about.”

Councillor Graham Chapman, who represents Aspley for Labour, added: “Normally when something comes forward there are slight objections, but this looks like it’s absolutely right first time.”

The older building will be the shortest part of the development, while the rest of the building on what is now a car wash will be taller.
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The chairman of the committee, councillor Chris Gibson, who represents the Clifton South ward for Labour, said: “One thing I particularly like, apart from the curve, is the way it sets off London Road. Compared to a car wash I think it gives a great setting for that view up to the city, and it is quite dramatic.

“The brick detailing is something we always look for, and again we have it, and I think we’re all very happy.

“I think everybody involved in this should be congratulated.”