Transformation of landmark Nottingham city centre building into £13m apartments

The British Waterways viewed from Wilford Road in Nottingham city centre
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Construction has begun to transform a landmark Nottingham building into nearly 100 waterside apartments. Work has started to turn the Grade-II listed former British Waterways warehouse at Castle Wharf, Nottingham, into 95 residential units by converting the existing building and adding a rooftop extension that will house eight apartments.

The £13 million project, which is being developed by The Canal River Trust, H2O urban and bloc, will provide 12 studios, 42 one-bedroom apartments and 41 two-bedroom flats. It is being funded by Lloyds Banking Group's Citra Living division, which has appointed surveying and construction firm Rund to oversee the scheme's completion.

The conversion, which has been designed by Franklin Ellis Architects and is being constructed by Jessops Construction Limited, is expected to be finished by March 2025. Tom French, associate director at Rund, said the building's new use would help preserve it for the future whilst creating high-quality homes.

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“This redevelopment project draws on our specialism in managing build-to-rent projects through to successful completion, while also benefiting from our expertise in dealing with sensitive listed building conversions, safeguarding heritage for future generations," Mr French said, adding: "Once completed, the scheme will breathe new life into a historic building in a prime waterside location, making it an exceptional place to live.”

Located in the Canal Conservation Area, the six-storey former warehouse dates back to 1919 and was originally built to help move goods along the Nottingham and Beeston Canal. Andy Hutchinson, the chief exec of funders Citra, said: “Bringing disused buildings back into use and regenerating areas into new communities is central to what Citra is about. Regenerating the warehouse at Castle Wharf will bring much-needed homes to the area, allowing more people to live in the type of quality homes they want in the areas that give them access to the facilities and amenities they want.”