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24 March 2011, 06:00
The £240m expansion plan for Nottingham’s Victoria Centre has been unveiled today by owners, Capital Shopping Centres.
The plans would create thousands of new jobs in the city and introduce new brands for shoppers with around 50 new shops. In addition, there will be new restaurants and a new cinema.
The design wants to create a new gateway to the north of the city centre, include a new arcaded link from Huntingdon Street to York Street, and a brand new bus station to enhance the city’s reputation as the best in Britain for public transport.
Richard Bowler, Victoria Centre Manager, said: “The Victoria Centre has been part of the fabric of Nottingham for 40 years and attracts over 23 million customer visits every year. We are committed to the city and are proud to launch a plan that will create thousands of jobs and make the trip even better for the millions who love to come to Nottingham. Our plan will bring around fifty new shops and a major new department store alongside safe family-friendly restaurants and a cinema.
"We’ve listened to the local community, stakeholders and experts. Now we want to hear what our shoppers and local residents think – we hope as many as possible will come to find out more in the Victoria Centre over the coming days, or by visiting our website. “
James Cons, principal architect at Leslie Jones Architects, said:
“We’ve carefully balanced the needs of local residents and shoppers in creating this plan for the future of the Victoria Centre. Our design references Nottingham’s great architectural heritage and will help re-establish Nottingham as one of the country’s top retail destinations.
“We are proposing to swap a multi-storey car park with a significant gateway building to the north of the city centre, create a brand new bus station, and introduce a covered arcade that offers and new link into the city centre for the local community.”
The planned extension would take place on the site of the centre car park. Car parking would be replaced by a new underground car-park beneath the centre. Capital Shopping Centres will listen to the views of the local community over the coming weeks and submit a planning application for the Victoria Centre extension later this year. If plans are approved, the extension could be ready as soon as 2015.
. 1 new department store, bus station, and arcade
. A state of the art 10 screen cinema
. New family-friendly restaurants
. Around 50 new shops
. Over 100 new cycle parking stands
. 2,000 permanent new jobs will be created in the centre
. Currently 23 million customer visits to Victoria Centre every year