Plans unveiled for 'Creative village' in new Sneinton Market
THIS is the first glimpse of plans for a ''creative centre'' on the edge of Sneinton Market.
Rotterdam-based architects Group A – whose previous work includes the National Museum in Oslo – have been selected to design the new building.
Its working title is Nottingham Creative Village (NCV) and it would be built on land next to the replacement for the Victoria Leisure Centre.
It also links in with plans to redevelop Sneinton Market.
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The project is being led by not-for-profit dance organisation Dance4, which has entered into an agreement for a lease on the site with Nottingham City Council.
Paul Russ, chief executive and artistic director of Dance4, said: "We are thrilled to be working with Group A architects. Amid the formidable calibre of each of the five selected architects, it was clear that Group A best understood the brief and communicated their excitement and artistry through their designs.
"As a practice they embody the same philosophy as Dance4, seeking to deliver excellence through challenging perceptions and are clearly inspired by our ambition."
The new centre would house choreographic work space, creative industry space, a cafe, meeting rooms and an area for training and education activities. It would also be the new home for Dance4, which is based in Hockley.
Dance4 will be consulting residents and businesses through a programme of activities.
Artists' impressions of the new Sneinton Market, to be known as Sneinton Square, were unveiled last week.
Residents and traders have been giving their opinions on the proposals.
Wendy Honeyman-Smith, from Sneinton Community Traders, said: "The scheme should bring a huge boost to the area. I welcome the new paving – although I hope it is local stone – it's a great improvement on the car park markings that are there now. The architects and designers have consulted with the traders and the market managers, so as long as they have taken on board the needs of the market, such as fixing points for windy days, vehicle access, lighting and water I am happy.
"We have been told we can keep going throughout the rebuilding. The market is doing much better than it was.''
Laura Morgan from curiosity.haus, which runs the Apples and Pears and Crafty Wares arts market, said: "It is good to see provisions for the market in the new plans for the square."
Pete Wright, secretary of the STOP tenants' and residents' group, said: "If these are the true plans for the area of Sneinton Square I totally agree with them. It will bring in trade for local businesses which is badly needed in Sneinton and will start regeneration of the area around the square, hopefully bringing people together. It will be nice also to see the return of a bustling market."
Francis Dore, chairman of the Victoria Park Tenants' and Residents' Association, said: "We welcome investment in the area, and the square will benefit, but we have reservations at the pace at which the consultation has been conducted and we would welcome assured investment from the council to replace any features that prove unhelpful or unworkable in the context.''
People who want to give their views on the proposed design for Sneinton Square can do so online at www.mynottingham.gov.uk/sneintonsquare. They have until Friday.