Vita Group submits plans for one of Nottingham’s most significant city centre redevelopment opportunities – Guildhall and the adjacent site. A strategically important redevelopment site for the city, Guildhall is a stunning Grade II listed building, originally built in 1887 and once home to the city’s Magistrates’ Court along with the former fire and police stations.
Guildhall has been left underutilised, requiring investment and redevelopment for several years. Vita Group’s proposal is specific to the former fire and police stations, bringing forward plans for a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) led mixed-use development creating 967 high quality student rooms.
“A vastly underutilised redevelopment opportunity, Guildhall has the potential to be one of Nottingham’s major landmarks once again, bringing significant investment to the city and a historically important building back to life.”Mark Oakes, Chief Commercial Officer, Vita Group
Services and amenities at Guildhall will include a residents’ gym, dance studio, co-study spaces, cinema and games rooms. The plans also outline provisions for a public facing Market Food Hall for emerging local food vendors – with the capacity for 500 diners.
Whilst bringing a second Vita Student offering to the city (building upon Vita Student’s successful Station Street operation), Vita Group’s plans also bring forward House of Social – the group’s pioneering new student accommodation concept. House of Social has been designed to create high-end sharing apartments designed to retain second- and third-year students in the city, relieving the pressures this demand currently puts on the local housing stock.
“The plans aim to create best-in-class student accommodation with outstanding amenities, whilst also easing pressures on local housing stock. The Market Food Hall will create a go-to destination for all the city to enjoy, providing the perfect backdrop for exciting new independent restauranteurs to bring their new ventures to people across the region.”Mark Oakes, Chief Commercial Officer, Vita Group
The proposals have been designed to sit within its surroundings sensitively and sustainably on Shakespeare Street, North Church Street and South Sherwood Street and will complement the existing plans already approved for a hotel on the Guildhall site. Plans also outline better provision for pedestrian friendly pavements and support biodiversity with significant planting and new trees.