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

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On Tuesday 7 Dec Nottingham College was given 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.

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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