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Nottingham – Grade A Office Space in Southside Greenlit

Franklin Ellis Architects, a Nottingham and Leicester-based architectural and interior design practice, has received planning approval for a new Grade A office building in Nottingham.

The seven-storey building known as Crocus Place was procured via the Scape National Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework and forms part of the city’s next step in the regeneration of the up and coming ‘Southside’ area.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, commented: “Our BECS framework has been designed to accelerate and optimise the provision of consultancy services and utilise the skills of local SMEs for exciting projects such as Crocus Place. Businesses want and need state of the art premises which are also future proofing the environment by harnessing sustainable energy generation. By employing the expertise within Franklin Ellis Architects, part of the Perfect Circle supply chain, Crocus Place will further position Nottingham city as a thriving business community.”

The modern building is being delivered for Nottingham City Council and will accommodate 1,150 employees, providing over 125,000 sq ft of workspace.

Crocus Place is the latest proposal for Grade A office space in Nottingham Council’s planned regeneration of Southside, along with Unity Square, Station Street and more.

Commenting on the significance of the deal, Nottingham City Council leader, Cllr David Mellen, stated: “This announcement ensures that the redevelopment of the Southside area of Nottingham continues apace, with plenty of activity in the area represented by the ever-increasing number of cranes in the sky in the area.

“Bringing top end, or Grade A, office space to the city has been a long-term ambition for the city which is now being realised by the hard work of our staff and partners to bring these developments forward. As a council, we have laid out an ambitious redevelopment plan for the city to bring jobs, new businesses and economic growth to this city to benefit everyone living in Nottingham, and today marks another step towards that future.”

The development will transform a vacant former Nottingham Express Transit tram line construction base, delivering a sustainable location in the heart of the city centre.

The office has been designed to remain faithful to the historic Nottingham Station in the area while making use of modern energy solutions such as solar panels, air source heat pumps and electric car charging points.

Jon Crabb, Associate Partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “We’re very proud to be working alongside Nottingham City Council to help transform and rejuvenate the Southside area, and bring new Grade A office space to the city.

“Now that planning has been granted, construction is planned to commence later this year, and it will be exciting to see the scheme progress.”

Crocus Place is expected to open in Summer 2021, and along with other developments will bring thousands of jobs, as well as millions of more visits and economic growth or the city.

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