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Proud to be delivering city-changing Broadmarsh public realm scheme

Nottingham’s city-defining Broadmarsh public realm proposals to transform Collin Street are coming to fruition after we have teamed up with principal contractor Thomas Bow Ltd to deliver the project.

Thomas Bow has been commissioned by Nottingham City Council to deliver the Broadmarsh public realm works, with McCann successfully securing the supply, installation and connection of functional and architectural lighting along Collin Street and north Carrington Street. Works to install all associated lighting and infrastructure get under way in September 2020 with an anticipated 12 month programme through to completion.

Nottingham City Council has made the redevelopment of the city’s south side its focus in recent years, with a reimagined welcome for visitors taking shape on the approach from Nottingham Train Station. This includes work to transform the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, buildings along Carrington Street, the old Broadmarsh bus station and car park as well as the relocation of the city’s Central Library.

The next phase of the south side works is Broadmarsh’s public realm – creating a vibrant tree-lined pedestrian zone on Collin Street with views to Nottingham Castle, space for visitors to sit and relax, room for art boxes and the installation of Nottingham’s new Central Library.

The proposals, which have been available to the public since early 2019, will transform the city bringing jobs, growth and increased visitor numbers. Work had begun on the £86m intu Broadmarsh Shopping Centre redevelopment project however plans for the site are being revisited after intu went out of business. The centre was handed back to the City Council, with work now underway to evaluate how best to move forward. In the meantime, work to improve the areas public realm carry on as part of the wider south side transformation.

For our Electrical and Technical Project Manager, Walter Webb, the news that McCann has been appointed by Thomas Bow to deliver the public realm lighting works for Broadmarsh is exciting, especially working for another Nottingham-based firm.

“The team at the City Council recognise the value in investing in locally sourced labour and talent – and this commitment is apparent with the delivery of Broadmarsh’s public realm,”

He continues, “Nottingham has been crying out for a full transformation to its south side for many years and we are incredibly excited and grateful to be delivering this project for our home city. We’re also delighted to be working for a fellow Nottingham firm in Thomas Bow, who we know and have tremendous respect for within the construction industry. We can’t wait to deliver a quality, city-defining public space for the City Council and the people of Nottingham.”

John Allen Major Projects Director at Thomas Bow commented, “We’re delighted to be starting work on site on a project which we have been working for many months through early contractor involvement to develop the design and deliver value for the client. We were thrilled that McCanns were successful on this package and look forward to working with them. Through the delivery of this scheme we are also engaging support from other local suppliers, specialist contractors and even Nottingham Trent University to support the development of our programme.”

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