If there was ever an area of Nottingham which encapsulates the city’s reputation for foresight, individuality and creativity, it’s The Island Quarter. Hailed as the new modern gateway to the city, The Island Quarter will mirror Nottingham’s past of ambition and achievement.
Industry began on The Island Quarter in the 1800s when Nottingham’s early entrepreneurs set up in business. Flanked by canals and called ‘The Island,’ the area swiftly became home to lace-makers, cotton traders and drug companies. It was in the 1890s when the Boots Drug Co moved in, eventually occupying the whole site before leaving in 1996.
From the mid 1990s, former Boots warehousing was removed to make way for new buildings for the BBC, Premier Inn, Apex Court and the NHS Walk-in Centre, but the The Island Quarter has been largely derelict since then. In 2016, Conygar purchased the former Island Site, renaming it The Island Quarter and securing outline planning permission in 2019. Planning was approved for phase 1A in 2020.
With its modern outlook and grand plans for a new and exciting area which links with the city centre, The Island Quarter still possesses a great legacy from the Nottingham of old – two huge red brick heritage warehouses which once housed goods for transportation along Nottingham’s busy rail network. Conygar will bring these two important buildings back to life and they will become a major focal point – bringing enterprising designers, makers and craftspeople back to the site once again.
Nottingham has been an unashamedly ambitious city for centuries – not just for its commercial and industrial aspirations, but for its creativity and invention.
Nottingham’s people have always been enterprising, and celebrated for doing things differently. So much so that Nottingham is known as the ‘City of Rebels’ because of the way its people have consistently innovated – from the writers of old such as D H Lawrence and Byron, to modern day stars such as global fashion designer Paul Smith and cult film director Shane Meadows. Nottingham is also proud of its international legend Robin Hood and the labyrinth of sandstone caves which run underneath the city which are a magnet for visitors. Also popular with tourists is Nottingham Castle which has found itself at the centre of historical events – and re-opens in 2021 after a multi-million pound investment.
Nottingham is a city with independence running through its veins. While its lace-making prowess was envied and copied across the world, Nottingham’s industrial and commercial heritage boasted two iconic British brands – Raleigh and Boots. It’s known throughout the world as the city where Ibruprofen and the MRI Scanner were invented. Nottingham also gave the world the traffic lights system.
This sort of innovation is led by Nottingham’s two globally renowned universities and its cutting-edge biosciences sector, alongside a local authority with aspirations to ensure this Core City maintains its rightful place as an international player.
Set in the heart of the country, Nottingham has an award-winning public transport system. It has great connectivity to the rest of the UK and beyond, with fantastic links to both the motorway, rail and air network, as well as the proposed HS2 East Midlands Hub.