Redevelopment plans submitted for Nottingham site

Plans have been submitted to redevelop the current Argos site on Lower Parliament Street by Bmor into a nine-storey building for students.

The plans – which have been designed by Nottingham firm Franklin Ellis Architects – will refurbish the historical and detailed frontage as well as extend the structure to create the building, with outside courtyard space and café.

The public realm will also be redeveloped, as there will be a new entrance on Clare Street and the access from Lower Parliament Street to Newcastle Street will be closed – which Bmor said will create an improved pedestrian experience and safer streetscape.

James O’Brien, head of planning at Bmor, said: “We are delighted to have submitted the designs for Lombard House to Nottingham City Council as this development will rejuvenate an area of Lower Parliament street in need of investment.

“The plans create an appealing new setting for residents and the public alike thanks to the courtyard and café space and will subsequently breathe new life into this underutilised site.”

The proposed development, named Lombard House, includes 273 beds, with a mix of cluster apartments and studios that will be primarily accessed from Clare Street. The existing Argos building will remain at ground level as well as 23 studios on the upper floors.

The design concept has been informed by the existing heritage building.

Matthew Branton, partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “The Argos building offers an attractive and detailed frontage to Lower Parliament Street but has a distinctive architectural language, with the adjacent streets offering a mix of architectural styles.

“The proposal therefore seeks to provide a well-integrated scheme, which not only enhances the heritage building but also the wider context of the adjacent Lace Market conservation area, making it a safer place for students, residents and the public.”

Bmor is a residential developer with experience across the Midlands.

The firm is responsible for a number of sites across the city that are currently in for planning, including the transformation of the Grove Pub on Castle Boulevard, the redevelopment of a landmark former school on Ilkeston Road and a site in Sneinton Market.

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