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The City Hub

A vision for the future of Further Education in Nottingham

Artists impression of the City Hub building in daytime

Your new Nottingham College

Nottingham College is a new and very different college for Nottingham – established as a result of a successful merger between New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham.

Setting out to change the face of Further Education, the College strives to ensure the qualifications it provides and the students it produces are fit for industry – with the ability to play a full and meaningful role in the growth of Nottingham’s economy. Jobs in Nottingham are expected to grow by around 7% over the next three years which means Nottingham College students now will go on to work in a growing economy. Our job is to equip them with the skills they need to make their mark in industry.

A growing economy needs skilled and motivated workers and Nottingham College recognises that some things need to change. We will be focussing much more on the kind of skills needed by our businesses both now and in the future, as well as creating modern and fit-for-purpose college facilities to ensure our students receive the very best possible start.

We are taking a bold approach to how Nottingham College is structured and located across Nottingham. We currently occupy 12 key campus sites and it’s our aim to continue to provide access to college facilities and resources for our communities. However, some of our sites do not provide the best learning experience for our students. That’s why we’re proud to be able to launch our vision for our new city centre campus, which is set to open in 2020.

Our vision for the City Hub campus

The City Hub campus will be a landmark building for Nottingham, occupying disused brownfield land next to the Broadmarsh Centre and 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. The next few years will see around £250m of investment as a result of the college scheme, the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh Centre, the demolition and rebuild of Broadmarsh car park and bus station and the remodelling of our roads and pedestrian areas to improve accessibility and traffic flow.

The new Nottingham College City Hub represents a £58m 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 environment 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.

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