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Post by Mr007 on Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:59 am

Broadway Malyan Face Nottingham Battle

Broadway Malyan have unveiled their revised plans for Sovereign House in Nottingham.

Due to go before the planning committee of Nottingham City Council next Wednesday, the scheme has been substantially revised from their earlier plans for the triangular site that is currently occupied mostly by a multi-storey car park.

In the plans there are four post modern buildings with new public space between them that will accommodate 6 studio apartments, 132 one bedroom apartments, 107 two bedroom apartments and 11 three bedroom apartments. There will also be 2,863 square metres commercial floor-space of both offices and retail with Block D being entirely retail and office. There will also be on site parking for 240 cars.

The tallest element of the scheme is a 12 floor residential tower, that the strategic spatial framework for the development of Nottingham city centre classes as a tall building.

The main changes to the project from the earlier versions have been not so much in the number of apartments in the scheme but in increasing the amount of commercial space on offer three fold and changing the massing of the buildings so that they will appear less wall-like and have a greater variation of heights between them but the aesthetic continuity between blocks remains.

Facing off against the scheme are a number of bodies including English Heritage who object to the "height, large footprint, flat massing, and repetitive design," not to mention the effect it will have on nearby listed buildings. Others objecting include the local civic society, the Highways department and the Magistrates Court who are worried about security plus numerous complaints that such a landmark site does not have what many would consider a landmark proposed for it.

Despite these complaints the planning report on the development seems to indicate that the project fulfils all the basic requirements set by the council's policies for a development at this location.

With the proposals having failed to progress twice before thanks to the opposition their lack of imagination has generated and few changes in the viewpoint of the schemes opponents since then, it's not looking entirely certain that the planning committee will give Sovereign House the thumbs up even if it is, on paper at least, acceptable.

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