The Island Quarter, Nottingham Regeneration Project, Southside Mixed-Use Architecture Development

Nottingham Island Quarter, Southside

22 July 2020

The Island Quarter in Nottingham

Design: Jestico + Whiles

Location: Nottingham, England, UK

The Island Quarter Nottingham Southside

Jestico + Whiles reveal plans for the first phase of £650m mixed-use scheme Nottingham Island Quarter

Jestico + Whiles and developer Conygar have today revealed plans for the first phase of The Island Quarter, a £650m transformational scheme which will bring a dynamic mixed-use destination into the heart of Nottingham.

The site, while derelict, is the quintessential Nottingham location, encompasses every aspect of Nottingham’s industrial heritage including railways, canals, manufacturing, warehousing and pharmaceuticals.

The Island Quarter is set to become a new landmark for the city and signals the initiation of a key commercial real estate project in the Midlands.

The Island Quarter Nottingham Southside

Development is planned to start this year with Canal Turn – a three-storey, 2,000 sqm canal-side pavilion incorporating two restaurants, a 500 sqm events space with panoramic views, as well as a large rooftop terrace. The canal side level will be continuous with the expansive public realm, offering performance and event space focused on a new bandstand, as a unique arrival point to the development.

The pavilion’s iconic design celebrates the location’s industrial heritage as well as presenting a prominent symbol of the site’s regeneration. Generous arches are set into a robust masonry base, rooting the design to the site, while a refined lightweight form of oxidised and patinated steel sits above as a festive space. A masonry entrance tower is a focal point within the design, its crown acting as a lantern, welcoming visitors, and emphasising the civic nature of the proposal.

James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles added: “Our mission with the pavilion in The Island Quarter was to create an iconic landmark which sits as a magnet at the heart of this extraordinary, resurgent site, drawing people through all seasons for a day to evening entertainment and events experience. 90% of this particular part of the scheme is public realm and this enables operators to host a wide spectrum of events. The scheme sits on a historically potent site and we considered this carefully throughout the design process, whilst ensuring that the space provides contemporary facilities for a fully functioning leisure and dining destination. The pavilion is just the appetiser for a much wider scheme which will provide Nottingham with a new destination to live, work and play.”

Richard Watson, director of Conygar Nottingham, said: “Conygar has been working closely with Jestico + Whiles and design teams to develop these plans, not only for the first phase but also for the wider site as well. The site will create a worldwide destination for Nottingham which will provide all year round interest and community facilities which can be used from dawn until dusk.”

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