The £500m makeover aiming to leave central Nottingham in ruins

The wreckage of a 1970s shopping centre will form the centrepiece of a Nottingham development that will include a park and leisure space.

A striking design by Thomas Heatherwick, the creator of the 2012 Olympic cauldron, the new Routemaster bus, and the Coal Drops Yard shopping redevelopment in London’s King’s Cross, stands at the centre of a £500m scheme that will include 750 new homes and a hotel as well as shops, offices, conference facilities and leisure space.

The Frame is a reimagined wreck of the former Broadmarsh shopping mall, which in artists impressions is depicted swathed in greenery, and hosting markets, leisure facilities such as a climbing wall and vast trampoline or events space for boxing or music.

About half of the Broadmarsh centre, which opened in 1975, was demolished amid redevelopment of the 8-hectare (20-acre) site, which was halted when its former owner, the retail property group Intu, went bust last year. The lease was taken on by Nottingham city council, which launched a public consultation and steering committee to help decide on the future of the site. Members of the committee include Sir Tim Smit of the Eden Project in Cornwall and Greg Nugent, a former director of the London 2012 Olympics committee.

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Main image: Leisure facilities depicted in the design drawings include a climbing wall and an oversized trampoline. Photograph: Broad Marsh


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