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News: Stu­dents gain valu­able expe­ri­ence at the Broad Marsh Vision reveal with Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil and Heather­wick Studio

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On Tues­day 7 Dec Not­ting­ham Col­lege had the priv­i­lege to work with Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil and world-renowned Heather­wick Stu­dio. To host the much antic­i­pat­ed reveal of the poten­tial plans for Broad­marsh and the City Cen­tre rede­vel­op­ment, that the peo­ple of Not­ting­ham have been dis­cussing in advi­so­ry boards for the past 2 years as part of The Big Conversation’.

After many months of con­sul­ta­tion, vision­ing, design­ing, and plan­ning, the future of the Broad­marsh site has now been imag­ined and shared with more than 100 busi­ness­es, politi­cians, rep­re­sen­ta­tive groups, res­i­dents, and oth­er organ­i­sa­tions from across Nottingham. 

Not­ting­ham has a real chance to change his­to­ry and the direc­tion and the vibe of our city. We were at the fore­front of this vision build­ing our state-of-the-art edu­ca­tion­al pro­vi­sion with our City Hub cam­pus, so host­ing the event for media and stake­hold­ers was the per­fect match. Our stu­dents will be huge ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the new scheme as the col­lege plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the vibran­cy of this part of the city and sits on a site of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance

If the vision were to be a real­i­ty, a new green heart of the city cen­ter would pro­vide new routes in and out of the city, through a new Green Heart! You can read the full plans here. Plans for the devel­op­ment and project that will hope­ful­ly come to fruition over the next few years, as can be seen in the video clip below of a ren­der that has been craft­ed and cre­at­ed with Heather­wick Stu­dio and their dig­i­tal design partners.

We had sev­er­al stu­dents work­ing at the event both with serv­ing and prepar­ing for front of house from our cater­ing pro­vi­sion with BA stu­dents Jor­dan Hill and Sophie Scrog­gie who are in their 6th year of study­ing with the Col­lege. They are cur­rent­ly study­ing BA (Hons in Ser­vice Sec­tor Man­age­ment, both were extreme­ly excit­ed to work at such an impor­tant and pres­ti­gious event being res­i­dents of Not­ting­ham.

Jor­dan shared that he’s inter­est­ed in jobs in far-flung coun­tries and pos­si­bly on cruise ships, as there’s a big wide world to explore and Sophie is intend­ing to explore a career in license trade and pubs and restau­rants. Both stu­dents were hap­py to be work­ing at live events full of peo­ple once more after covid and lock­downs. Hav­ing stud­ied at the Col­lege for so many years they are both delight­ed to see the new cre­ation that the pro­posed Broad­marsh devel­op­ment will offer and the oppor­tu­ni­ties that it will create.

Media and pho­tog­ra­phy lev­el 3 stu­dents worked with the plan­ning group and Heather­wick Stu­dio in the ear­ly plan­ning of the vision too and played a part in The Big Conversation. 

Lec­tur­er Jor­di Guer­rero used his per­son­al con­nec­tions, to involve his stu­dents from ear­ly stages (as he and Thomas Heather­wick pre­vi­ous­ly stud­ied togeth­er in Man­ches­ter). He used this con­nec­tion to ben­e­fit his pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents and approached the stu­dio to see how they could be involved, sharing: 

Heather­wick Stu­dio devised a pho­to­graph­ic brief for our stu­dents to sup­ply pho­tographs of the site from var­i­ous loca­tions and also por­traits of peo­ple from Not­ting­ham, with quotes on their hopes for the site. 

Their pho­tographs were sub­mit­ted, and some were select­ed and used for the pre­sen­ta­tion to the coun­cil and will be used for the unveil­ing event.“

We spoke to a cou­ple of stu­dents, who today got to meet with Thomas and be proud of see­ing their achieve­ments shared to invit­ed guests.

Savanah Nel­son shared:

I enjoyed tak­ing pho­tos and doc­u­ment­ing Broad­marsh because I find it inter­est­ing see­ing the changes that are going to be made and the com­par­i­son between before and after. 

I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the improve­ments made to the final fin­ished project such as new places and resources in Broad­marsh.”

Owen Sheffield shared:

Whilst work­ing on the project I learned that Not­ting­ham his­to­ry is rich. I love how Heather­wick Stu­dio are try­ing to bring peo­ple togeth­er in this dark time in the after­math of the pan­dem­ic. We were invit­ed, as Not­ting­ham col­lege stu­dents, to cap­ture the his­toric area of the Broad­marsh. The idea was to depict the 49-year-old build­ing, built in 1972, it was an old and icon­ic place to have a spot to play, relax, and made peo­ple hap­py. The themes that I explored in my pho­tog­ra­phy were the diver­si­ty, post covid, and the decline of retail.

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  • 7th December 2021 (6:40 PM)
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