‘Once In A Generation’ Opportunity for Nottingham says London King’s Cross Developer

One of the key players behind the world-renowned London King’s Cross development has marked out Nottingham as a city with a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ as it resets itself post COVID

Roger Madelin CBE was CEO with developer Argent and responsible for delivering the 67-acre King’s Cross development. He also worked on Argent’s other developments including Thames Valley Park in Reading, Brindleyplace in Birmingham and Piccadilly in Manchester.

With Nottingham City Council poised to improve the now defunct Broad Marsh shopping centre area – 20 acres of prime city centre land, Madelin says the ‘time is right’ for Nottingham.  The city’s Southside will help Nottingham reach its great potential in the UK and globally, he said.

Madelin spoke during an extended visit to the city when he toured the Broad Marsh area, The Island Quarter and other key Nottingham sites.

“The thinking in the city is more together, in a strategic way, than I was expecting. There are good and experienced people thinking about the city and pulling together in the same direction – you can see this and feel it when you walk the city, the quality of the public realm & the buildings which have been delivered or are on site.

As I walked from the station it felt uplifting, I didn’t want to rush, I wanted to stop and to linger which is good, it means the city is getting it right in terms of scale, proportion, hustle & bustle. There is no aggression, it just feels comfortable and there is good attention to detail. I was surprised how good it felt arriving into the city.”

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Main image: Broadmarsh Collin Street Park Play, courtesy of Townshend Landscape Architects

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