The development of the new Broad Marsh Car Park, Bus Station and Central Library building has won a major construction industry award.
The £50m project was winner of the Integration and Collaborative Working Award and came runner-up in the Building Project of the Year at the East Midlands Construction Excellence Awards. The awards are recognised across the East Midlands built environment as the biggest and brightest celebration of best practice.
The new building replaces a 1960s car park and bus station widely considered one of the ugliest in the city with a modern, green landmark building for the rejuvenated Broad Marsh area. It represents the largest urban regeneration project ever delivered by the City Council, who worked with over twenty stakeholder groups and partners to deliver the scheme. These include Leonard Design architects, main contractor Galliford Try and construction consultants Pick Everard.
The scheme was highly commended in the Project of the Year category which recognises projects which deliver outstanding outcomes for all those involved in a construction project. It was held up as an exemplar of collaborative working – also earning it the Integration & Collaborative Working Award – as well as best practice design and innovation, its contribution to a greener future and delivering to budget. It was also noted for delivering a vision for 21st century transport hub to maximise the user experience, significant improvement to the arrival experience into Nottingham and major boost to the local economy.
The project created 50 full-time local jobs, 90 apprenticeship weeks, £30m supply chain spend within 40 miles of Nottingham and £2.3m worth of social value. It was delivered despite challenges from the pandemic, the difficult site and significant development that was also underway on neighbouring sites.
The Broad Marsh Car Park provides 1,200 spaces including over 80 charging points for electric cars and disabled parking, easy contactless payments at the barriers and a smart traffic light system to help find a space. The bus station features seating areas, a ticket and information office, electronic display information, customer toilets and 24/7 security services, with coach services recently starting operations. The building will also house the new Central Library, with work due to get underway to fit it out next month. The whole building is powered by 720 solar panels on the roof.
City Council Leader, Cllr David Mellen, said: “I am delighted with the new building and immensely proud of the team who richly deserve this recognition for their outstanding efforts.
“This new city landmark, with its high quality finish, has been delivered in the face of a number of challenges and, along with the public realm improvements surrounding it, creates a completely fresh feel to this fast-changing part of the city. I’m delighted with its environmental credentials and it’s great to now see the bus station and car park being used, with the library fit-out due to start soon.”