The City Hub at

Nottingham College

A vision for the future of Further Education in Nottingham

The vision for the City Hub campus

The proposed new City Hub campus will be a landmark building for Nottingham, occupying disused brownfield land next to the intu Broadmarsh Centre and the tram overpass at the foot of Lace Market Cliff. It forms an important part of a Council run scheme to regenerate this area of the city to provide a fitting entrance to the southern part of Nottingham city centre. Over the next few years the area will see around £250m of investment as a result of the college scheme, the redevelopment of the intu Broadmarsh shopping centre, the demolition and rebuild of Broadmarsh carpark and bus station and the remodelling of our roads and pedestrian areas to improve accessibility and traffic flow.

The new Nottingham College City Hub campus represents a £60m investment in education for the City. It will offer new facilities and resources for college students and provide community facilities such as a new training restaurant, café and performing arts centre. Much attention will be given to the public realm in and around the site to provide open and green space for the community and the College is working with the Council to ensure the area and surrounding through-routes are well lit and accessible, helping to create a good flow between this area and the rest of the city centre.

The new college campus will:

  • Create an inviting and accessible learning that actively encourages local businesses and the wider community into the building;
  • Create a high quality and distinctive beacon for education in Nottingham;
  • Foster and support links to employers and industry, including the potential for shared use of social and meeting spaces and specialist facilities. It will also provide new business and incubation space;
  • Provide industry standard vocational learning, training facilities and resources;
  • Create a safe and secure space for learners, their families and wider community;
  • Create a flexible and adaptable space that will enable us to respond to changing curriculum and business needs.

In regenerating the site the college aims to:

  • Maximise pedestrian access and through-routes;
  • Enhance the ‘public realm’ around the site for the benefit of local people
  • Play a key part, along with intu Broadmarsh and Nottingham Contemporary, in creating a new city centre destination – an area of our city that will be safe, accessible, well connected and beautiful
  • Work with the site’s neighbours and wider stakeholder community in understanding their needs, taking on board their views and ideas and creating a focal point for the city that they feel proud of
  • Bring new businesses and visitors to the area for the benefit of the community and local economy.

View imagery and plans

The City Hub campus location is a tight urban brownfield site in the shadows of Lace Market cliff. It is an accessible site in terms of public transport with bus and tram stops and the train station close by.

It sits in the heart of the designated regeneration zone known as the Southern Gateway – much of this regeneration is already underway with the redevelopment of the intu Broadmarsh Centre.

Whilst the site does not contain any listed buildings and is not within a conservation area, we recognise the site’s critical position in relation to Nottingham’s heritage. Therefore, much consideration is being paid to the design, vistas and materials of the building to complement and reflect the heritage of the site and surrounding areas.

Once the College campus is open, the site will be serviced by a new bus drop off facility on Canal Street, as part of the Council’s remodelling of the street.

There will also be three pedestrian entrances to the site from Canal Street, the corner of Canal Street/New Sussex Street and on New Sussex Street.

To the northern end of the site, a significant open space will be created, with seating, complemented by both hard and soft landscaping. Additionally, it is expected that further space will be available to accommodate a variety of outdoor activities on New Sussex Street, including under the tram line and further west towards the Broadmarsh car park and shopping centre. The design of this space will be led by the City Council with input from all nearby stakeholders and local community.

City Hub location view key

Location view

This graphic illustrates the City Hub’s proposed location with key landmarks identified such as the Nottingham Contemporary building, the intu Broadmarsh shopping centre and the bus station and car park.

City Hub at night

City Hub as seen at dusk

The same view, this time at dusk. Image shows a subtle, yet welcoming evening vista with public thoroughfare and the immediate vicinity lit up offering increased accessibility and usage of the area, an important regeneration objective.

City Hub alternative view

City Hub alternative view

An alternative view of the campus, showing the rear of the development, providing a sense of arrival for the theatre and performing arts venues, plus the community entrance to the college’s training restaurant and bar. The image also depicts part of the proposed green space which will be a fundamental part of the site.

City Hub wide shot

City Hub wider view

This image depicts the proposed building and how it will be viewed from Canal Street, the corner of the Broadmarsh car park with a slight view back up Middle Hill.

Submit your views

We’d love to hear your views about the proposed scheme. We’re excited about the prospect of creating a fantastic new education and business facility for Nottingham and within a building that is eye-catching, complementary to its surroundings and which meets the needs of our students now and in the future.

If you would prefer to share your views by writing directly to us you can do so at the following mailing address:

City Hub Project Management team
Nottingham College Ruddington Campus
Ruddington Fields Business Park
NG11 6JZ

You can also share your views through our online form: