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News: Brand new City Hub now complete

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Exterior shot of the side of the Nottingham College City Hub with teal crest logo
Exterior shot of the side of the Nottingham College City Hub with teal crest logo

Build work on Not­ting­ham College’s new City Hub cam­pus, in the heart of the city cen­tre, is now complete!

Builders and main con­trac­tors Wates, for­mal­ly hand­ed over the build­ing to the Col­lege last week and work now begins to relo­cate more than 2000 stu­dents and 200 staff into the building.

The han­dover marks over two years of build works, and many more on plan­ning, to re-pur­pose the for­mer brown­field site next to the Broadmarsh. 

The new col­lege build­ing sits exquis­ite­ly into the tight for­mer Nar­row­marsh site and com­ple­ments the sur­round­ing build­ings and views of the Lace Mar­ket escarpment. 

The new £58.5m state-of-the-art City Hub will pro­vide fan­tas­tic new learn­ing and com­mu­ni­ty facil­i­ties and future employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties to thou­sands. With the new build­ing ful­ly func­tion­al and oper­a­tional by the New Year, the Col­lege will say good­bye to its Claren­don and Maid Mar­i­an Way cam­pus­es and say hel­lo to its new City Hub, along with a new­ly ren­o­vat­ed Adams Building. 

Cen­tral to its estates vision the com­ple­tion of the City Hub now ensures the Col­lege occu­pies mod­ern, fit-for-pur­pose and expan­sive cam­pus­es at key loca­tions across the City, includ­ing its 2015 rede­vel­oped Bas­ford Hall, its icon­ic High­fields cam­pus with­in the Not­ting­ham Sci­ence Park and its renowned High Pave­ment sixth form cam­pus, on the edge of the city centre. 

Cur­rent col­lege stu­dents from Sci­ence, Ear­ly Years, Cater­ing and Hos­pi­tal­i­ty, Busi­ness, IT and Com­put­ing, Media, Per­form­ing Arts, Trav­el and Tourism and more will now begin the process of mov­ing which will be man­aged slow­ly and in stages start­ing dur­ing this half term and stretch­ing through until Christmas. 

You can see a selec­tion of exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or shots of the Not­ting­ham Col­lege City Hub on our gallery below.

I am delight­ed to take pos­ses­sion of the City Hub on behalf of Not­ting­ham Col­lege and I would like to thank all of those who have worked so hard to make this day hap­pen in such dif­fi­cult times. 

The build­ing is spec­tac­u­lar both inside and out and I know that staff and stu­dents can’t wait to start using it. This is a major invest­ment in edu­ca­tion and skills in Not­ting­ham by the Col­lege, the Local Enter­prise Part­ner­ship and the City Coun­cil. These state-of-the-art teach­ing facil­i­ties will inspire gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents and equip them with the skills and knowl­edge they need to meet the needs of local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al employ­ers help­ing them and their City to thrive. 

The full eco­nom­ic impact of the coro­n­avirus is still to be felt. But edu­ca­tion and this col­lege will be vital to rebuild­ing the econ­o­my and people’s liveli­hoods by pro­vid­ing excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and a route to excep­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for the City and its people 

Car­ole Thorogood — Col­lege Chair of Governors

Wates won nation­al praise for the way in which they imple­ment­ed Covid-secure mea­sures on the site which enabled them to keep the devel­op­ment open and oper­a­tives work­ing, min­imis­ing delays. They received addi­tion­al praise for how they involved young peo­ple in the devel­op­ment and for engag­ing local sup­pli­ers and busi­ness­es. John Car­lin is the region­al Mid­lands MD for Wates and said:

This has been such a mem­o­rable project for us in large part due to the pos­i­tive impact it’s left on the city’s stars of tomor­row. We’ve been proud to pro­vide per­ma­nent jobs to four school leavers, includ­ing two grad­u­ates from Not­ting­ham Col­lege, cre­at­ed 29 appren­tice­ships and car­ried out 65 edu­ca­tion­al vis­its, as well as deliv­er­ing 18 lec­tures on the Built Envi­ron­ment at the Col­lege itself. 

Thanks to the hard work of Project Direc­tor Adam Can­non and his team we’re thrilled with the end result and can’t want to see stu­dents expe­ri­ence the new cam­pus in the New Year. 

John Car­lin — Region­al Mid­lands Man­ag­ing Direc­to­ry for Wates

The £58.5m City Hub devel­op­ment is a true part­ner­ship effort, receiv­ing a £30m grant from the D2N2 Local Enter­prise Part­ner­ship and addi­tion­al fund­ing sup­port from the City Council.

Sajee­da Rose, the Chief Exec­u­tive of the D2N2 LEP said: 

We are delight­ed to see that the Not­ting­ham City Hub is one step clos­er to wel­com­ing stu­dents through its doors. D2N2 is proud to have invest­ed £30million of Local Growth Fund­ing into the con­struc­tion of this land­mark building. 

The Not­ting­ham City Hub will change the face of skills pro­vi­sion in our area, play­ing a key part in the path­way towards rebuild­ing and grow­ing our econ­o­my by cre­at­ing career paths and pro­vid­ing our busi­ness­es with the tal­ent they need to thrive and grow. 

Sajee­da Rose — Chief Exec­u­tive of the D2N2 LEP

The City Coun­cil has been fun­da­men­tal in their sup­port of the project. Cllr David Mellen, Leader of Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil concludes:

It was a lit­tle over a year ago I vis­it­ed the City Hub for its top­ping out cer­e­mo­ny, and giv­en the con­straints con­trac­tors have worked under dur­ing the Covid pan­dem­ic, to deliv­er it in good time is an impres­sive achievement. 

We are very pleased to see the new City Hub hand­ed over, one of the first build­ings in the South­side area to begin its trans­for­ma­tion from brown­field site to a fan­tas­tic new venue for Nottingham’s stu­dents. I’m par­tic­u­lar­ly pleased that it is sym­pa­thet­ic to the sur­round­ing area while adding a mod­ern façade to the cityscape. 

I would like to thank Wates Con­struc­tion for being so con­sid­er­ate to our res­i­dents on Cliff Road and the Lace Mar­ket in their con­struc­tion of the City Hub and our part­ners at Not­ting­ham Col­lege. Once the col­lege is able to wel­come new stu­dents safe­ly, I have no doubt they will enjoy learn­ing in such an excel­lent facility. 

Cllr David Mellen — Leader of Not­ting­ham City Council

The project fol­lowed the inno­v­a­tive Scape frame­work which means that the City Hub project can enjoy a last­ing lega­cy with­in the City as well as act as a bea­con of excel­lence for oth­er edu­ca­tion­al invest­ment projects.

Mark Robin­son, chief exec­u­tive at Not­ting­ham-head­quar­tered pub­lic sec­tor pro­cure­ment author­i­ty Scape Group, said:

Fur­ther Edu­ca­tion has a huge role to play in the future eco­nom­ic resilience of the UK, not just in terms of devel­op­ing skills where we need them but also in sus­tained and vital infra­struc­ture investment. 

Fur­ther Edu­ca­tion is a key focus for gov­ern­ment spend­ing this year, and many col­leges will be able to learn from the out­stand­ing exam­ple set by Not­ting­ham Col­lege City Hub. With the right part­ners involved, col­leges can seize the oppor­tu­ni­ty to rapid­ly deliv­er state-of-the-art learn­ing envi­ron­ments for the future. 

Mark Robin­son — Chief Exec­u­tive at Not­ting­ham-head­quar­tered pub­lic sec­tor pro­cure­ment author­i­ty Scape Group

About Nottingham College City Hub

Address: Not­ting­ham Col­lege City Hub, 111 Canal Street, Not­ting­ham, NG1 7HB

The build­ing totals some six storeys and offers more than 15,000 sqm of inter­nal space. 

With­in the build­ing we have a the­atre, a stu­dent refec­to­ry, a learn­ing resource cen­tre, a com­mer­cial­ly oper­at­ing train­ing restau­rant, an employ­er hub offer­ing ten­an­cy to local busi­ness­es, new kitchens, new sci­ence labs, new act­ing and dance stu­dios, fan­tas­tic class­rooms, break­out and com­mu­nal space and so much more. 

The City Hub forms part of a much larg­er regen­er­a­tion scheme, led by the Coun­cil and affect­ing the whole south­side of the City. This £2bn regen­er­a­tion pro­gramme includes the Cas­tle, the Broad­marsh Cen­tre and the Island Site which goes fur­ther out beyond Canal Street and beyond Lon­don Road. 

The City Hub was designed by renowned archi­tects Bond Bryan. 

About Wates Construction

Wates Con­struc­tion, the largest arm of Wates Group, is a UK-wide con­trac­tor work­ing to shape a bet­ter built envi­ron­ment and last­ing social legacy.

Their exper­tise on com­plex projects with­in the pub­lic sec­tor, edu­ca­tion, res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and Blue Light sec­tors, means that they effi­cient­ly deliv­er high per­for­mance build­ings that enhance the places and com­mu­ni­ties around them. 

Wates Con­struc­tion are proud to offer a diverse and inclu­sive work­place, which has the devel­op­ment, safe­ty and well­be­ing of their peo­ple at the fore.

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  • 19th October 2020 (4:20 PM)
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