New bar and grill on £1bn Nottingham development hailed as 'beautiful'

A general view of the new Binks Yard and Cleaver and Wake building.
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The first business to be opened at Nottingham's Island Quarter has been hailed as 'amazing' by people in the city. Newly-built Binks Yard launched on Wednesday, September 14 and is the first venture of the £1 billion regeneration of the 36-acre site between London Road and Manvers Street.

The new bar and grill, headed up by MasterChef: The Professionals champion Laurence Henry, has canalside views and a plaza for outdoor entertainment unlike anything else in the county. John Gooday, who was passing by the building on his bike, described it as amazing.

"They've kept the sense of the old building but made it fit for the 21st century," said the 55-year-old from Bramcote. "It fits in quite well. I think it will do well.

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"The building looks beautiful, it still maintains the overall profile, they've done a nice job. I'll definitely give it a go at some point." One resident said: "It looks nice, although it looks a bit rusty - it could do with a bit of a spruce up.

"I guess I'll check it out at some point, I go to the gym close to here so I'll probably go in for a coffee." The 29-year-old from Castle Marina added: "It definitely brings more to this side of the city. There's a lot in Hockley and the city centre and not as much down here."

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said the opening marked a monumental day for the city. “After many decades of the Island Quarter site laying derelict, this is a monumental day for the city of Nottingham as we finally catch a glimpse of what the new Island Quarter development is all about," he said.

"As one of the biggest city centre regeneration projects in Europe, we know there is huge potential to be unleashed by opening up a new area for living, working and playing – which is exactly what the modern-day city should provide."

The redevelopment has been a long time coming. Previous plans decades ago at the former Boots Island were abandoned in the early 1990s. The Cleaver & Wake is expected to open in a few weeks' time.