A prominent building in Nottingham with popular venues could be converted into flats.
A public consultation is being launched over new plans for the potential conversion of Nottingham’s British Waterways Building from leisure to residential use is being launched on Monday (September 20).
The project could transform the building to create 95 new apartments for the area.
The developer H2O Urban, which is a partnership between the building owner the Canal & River Trust and specialist partnership developer bloc group, said it is looking to make make full use of the space for the first time in decades.
The proposals have been designed to give a new lease of life to the building, with the exterior being preserved and historic internal features being refurbished and retained including a number of striking spiral staircases.
A new additional floor, designed to marry with the existing architecture, would be added on the roof, providing the scope to create eight apartments.
The British Waterways Building, formerly known as the Trent Navigation Company warehouse, is a Grade II-listed building that looks majestically over the city.
It is located immediately adjacent to the Nottingham Canal within the Castle Wharf area of the city centre.
It was originally built in circa 1919 for the storage and loading of goods and materials onto canal barges for transportation across the country.
More recently, the building was converted for leisure use as part of the 1996 Castle Wharf development and is known for its popular Lloyds bar of the J D Wetherspoon franchise.
However, since that time there have been few occupiers with a significant area of the building having remained vacant over recent years.
Richard Thomas, bloc group Development Director and leader on the project for H2O Urban, said: “The British Waterways Building is a much-loved feature of Nottingham’s canal side area.
“It has played a key role in city life in the past and we want to see it do so again.
“H2O Urban’s plans would see the building fully utilised for the first time in many decades.
“This will help to preserve the building by giving it a long-term future while also adding a sense of safety and vibrancy to the canal side area.
“H2O Urban was setup in 2004 and has since delivered many successful developments at key locations along Canal & River Trusts canals. We are excited to be involved with this project and look forward to hearing people’s views.”
The three-week consultation opens on Monday, September 20 and runs until 5pm on Friday, October 8.
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Postcards will be issued to nearby properties to notify businesses and residents of the consultation.
Once the consultation results are considered, a planning application is anticipated to be made before the end of the year.
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