Cranes in the air are not only a symbol of the regeneration of Nottingham, they also mean jobs for well over 1,000 people.
The transformation of Nottingham’s Southside is fully underway and even before the new developments have been completed, the benefits of the development are being realised through the construction jobs that have been generated.
To date, the redevelopment work has brought over 1,000 jobs to Nottingham, with over 50% of these taken up by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire residents across a range of roles.
New starters have taken up jobs across the various construction projects in the Southside area, with more roles and funded training courses advertised and available through Nottingham Jobs as construction programmes progress.
Works to create a world-class visitor destination at Nottingham Castle and a new Nottingham College City Hub began in 2018, and the start of 2019 saw long-awaited work commenced on intu Broadmarsh to transform the centre into a new retail and leisure destination. Across Collin Street, work also began on the new Broadmarsh Car Park, Bus Station and new Central Library and at Unity Square near Nottingham Station, which will create a new government hub for 4,000 staff. Other schemes include new homes in the area and the refurbishment of existing buildings along Carrington Street.
These projects form key parts of the £2bn Southside redevelopment programme, which will bring investment, economic growth, increased visitor numbers and more jobs to Nottingham.
Councillor David Mellen, Leader of the City Council, said: “Cranes in the air means jobs on the ground for Nottingham residents. Among the many benefits of the redevelopment of the Southside area of Nottingham are the employment opportunities on offer for people, both for those with and without experience. To see over a thousand new jobs come to the city, with over half of those going to local people, is really satisfying – and just the start of our ambitious plans for the city.
“Redevelopment gives local people from across Nottingham the chance to contribute to the enormous changes coming to Nottingham, and the opportunity in the future to be able to say they helped build and change a growing part of our city centre.
“We’re proud of the work being done to prepare and improve Nottingham for the future, and that includes the investment by developers in local people to provide new employment and training opportunities. They’re undoubtedly the first of many to come as some projects finish and others begin, providing more new jobs as new businesses and destinations open.”