Nottingham City Council is offering a Nottingham resident the chance to be the first person to take a swing at the Broadmarsh Car Park when it closes for demolition – with their very own engraved sledgehammer.

Broadmarsh Car Park and Bus Station will close in early July, with demolition beginning shortly afterwards, as part of £250m of investment which will completely redevelop the Broadmarsh area. The demolition will take around six months with construction of a new bus station and car park beginning in early 2018.

A number of schemes will see  the whole area transformed, redeveloping intu Broadmarsh into a modern retail and leisure destination, creating a pedestrianised and pedestrian friendly area between intu Broadmarsh and Nottingham Station and improving the bus station and car park, as well as creating a world-class visitor experience at Nottingham Castle and a brand new City Hub college. The combined schemes are expected to boost the economy by £1.1 billion a decade with 2,900 more jobs, attracting three million more visitors and bringing £25 million extra spend to the city a year.

To celebrate the start of the redevelopment of the area, Nottingham City Council is offering a member of the public the chance to consign the car park to history with the first swing of a sledgehammer, marking the start of the demolition.

The winner will be given a sledgehammer for the job, with their name engraved on the handle.

Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of the City Council, said: “So many Nottingham residents will be pleased to see the car park demolished, so I can’t think of a better way to kickstart the redevelopment of the area than to give a member of the public a chance to start the works.. This is a unique chance to get involved and I’m sure we’ll see some entertaining entries.

“Creating a better entrance to the city for visitors is a key part of our plans for the Broadmarsh area.”To enter, visit the My Nottingham Facebook page and finish this sentence: “I am the right person to swing a sledgehammer at Broadmarsh Car Park because…”

Entrants can include photos, videos or a status to say why they’re the best person. The top five entries with the most likes will be presented to a small panel of judges, and the winner will be contacted directly. Entrants must be over 18, be a Nottingham resident,  able to lift and swing a sledgehammer and available in mid-July.

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