Nottingham’s historic Sneinton Market could be transformed with the likes of enhanced retail space, improved street food stalls and structures for pop-up shops.
Further redevelopment plans, which are subject to approval by Nottingham City Council, show three individual buildings adjacent to the market, which were not part of the 2014 refurbishment of the area, could be renovated.
A main feature of the scheme includes using the curved facade of Southwell Road to further develop the prominent three-storey building adjacent to the market. Improved signage to the entrance of Sneinton Market will also be introduced to emulate iconic markets that have thrived in other key towns and cities across the UK, for example Borough Market in London.
The overall offering is much more dynamic, aiming to attract more local businesses into the Creative Quarter and to provide places for the public to shop, eat and relax.
Paul Hinchliffe, Commercial Property Solicitor at Nelsons, acted for Carlton Street Trading Limited, a family-owned development company which purchased the site from Nottingham City Council with the sole aim of regenerating the city centre.
He said: “It’s always exciting to work with Carlton Street Trading, which has acquired an enviable and interesting property portfolio over the last few years. With this acquisition, I think the company will really put its name on the map as a creative force for redevelopment in Nottingham.
“I worked closely with Sam and Hannah, from Carlton Street Trading, to identify the best structure to help them achieve their plans, which have been brought to life on paper by Leonard Design. I visited the site back in May and I am looking forward to seeing it develop in the future.”
The plans have been revealed by Leonard Design Architects, which was brought on board by Carlton Street Trading as part of the wider regeneration of the area to provide design concepts in keeping with the heritage of the buildings.
John Morgan, Director at Leonard Design Architects, said: “As part of the wider redevelopment of Sneinton Market, our design concepts were inspired by a project we recently worked on in Copenhagen to bring the city’s heritage buildings to life. As one of Europe’s leading creative spaces, we’re bringing some Copenhagen thinking into Nottingham.
“Our designs draw upon the wider strengths of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter as a hub to attract more retailers – this redevelopment will further strengthen Sneinton Market as a lively place to shop, eat, drink and visit for many years to come.”
Sam Burt, Director at Carlton Street Trading, added: “This is an extremely exciting time for the city of Nottingham and in particular, the Creative Quarter. Sneinton Market has always possessed great potential and will now act as the catalyst for attracting some fantastic retailers into the space.
“Paul at Nelsons was key in pulling all the detail and structure of the deal together. He worked with the city council and patiently helped us with this fantastic opportunity.”
The Creative Quarter was established as a company in 2013 to lead the development of the area, which is made up of Sneinton Market, Hockley, the Lace Market, Pennyfoot Street and also includes BioCity, the UK’s largest bioscience incubation centre.
The redevelopment of Sneinton Market forms part of a broader programme of regeneration activity to Build a Better Nottingham, which also includes work to improve the public realm in the Creative Quarter, more than £750m worth of investment in transport infrastructure across Nottingham, and the biggest council home building programme in the city for 40 years with more than 400 new council homes being built across the city.
Stephen Barker, CEO of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, said: “This could be an exciting addition to Sneinton Market and to Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. It would not be the final piece of the jigsaw but would go a long way towards making Sneinton Market a great destination, providing an even better food, retail and leisure experience in an increasingly lively part of the city.
“It’s another reason for people to come to Nottingham to learn, live, work and invest as the Creative Quarter plays a bigger role in Nottingham’s story. The part of Sneinton Market this development tackles could be a perfect fit for smaller, quality, independent and brand retailers looking to share in Nottingham’s success.”