Sir Robert McAlpine wins £9m build at Nottingham’s Island Quarter

The Island Quarter,

Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed as the main contractor to deliver phase one of the £650m redevelopment of The Island Quarter in Nottingham

Conygar appointed Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver Canal Turn, the £9m first phase of the Island Quarter.

Canal Turn will include a three-storey 2,000 sq m pavilion on the waterfront featuring two restaurants, around 500 sq m of events space with panoramic views and a large rooftop terrace.

Planning was submitted for phase 1A of The Island Quarter on 24 July and is expected to ceive full approval from Nottingham City Council in October.

The overall 40-acre site will be transformed to bring new homes, grade A office space, creative spaces, a lifestyle hotel, PRS apartments and co-working space, retail units, a ‘linear’ park and vibrant community and event space as well as student accommodation to the city

A unique worldwide destination

Christopher Ware, property director of Conygar, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Sir Robert McAlpine for this scheme.

“This is the exciting first phase of The Island Quarter development. We are keen to start on site as soon as planning is granted – in order for us to have the pavilion with its two exciting restaurants open ready before Christmas 2021.

“The first phase will also include extensive improvement works to the canal at the London Road end of the site, which will help form a focal point for The Island Quarter.

“Conygar and its partners are working closely with The Canal and Rivers Trust to create an outstanding area for the Nottingham community to enjoy.

“The ultimate vision is to create a unique place that will be seen as a worldwide destination for Nottingham, providing year-round interest and community facilities and will be a place for Nottingham to come together, to live, work and enjoy.”

Over the one-year build, Sir Robert McAlpine will seek to employ at least seven trainees on NVQ or apprenticeship schemes. The company says that 40% of the project spend will be within 20 miles of Nottingham.

Transforming The Island Quarter

Ian Cheung, regional managing director, Sir Robert McAlpine, commented: “We are delighted that Conygar has chosen Sir Robert McAlpine to support them in the first phase of their plans for The Island Quarter.

“We have a long tradition of delivering placemaking projects at the heart of communities. We are excited to work with Conygar to transform The Island Quarter for the people of Nottingham.”

Richard Watson, director of Conygar Nottingham, added: “We have undertaken a lot of research over the last few years, not only with Nottingham City Council, but also the people of Nottingham to ensure that we are creating a development that is fit for the city and the UK.”

“The whole development will be of huge benefit to the local economy and will create thousands of jobs during the build phase and beyond,” added Richard.

Phase 1A will be completed by November 2021.


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