Nearly three thousand jobs will be created through the long awaited development of Nottingham’s Broadmarsh Centre and its surrounding areas.

Nottingham City Council expects the developments to bring an extra three million people a year to the city with an estimated £25m increase in spending. therefore boosting the local economy by over £1 billion a year.

Firstly, Intu will redevelop Broadmarsh Shopping Centre by introducing new retail brands, restaurants and activities. Visitors will therefore be able to enjoy a much more improved experience with a wide range of things to do.

Collin Street will also be pedestrianized with new cafe’s and various commercial outlets. The street will display public art, a water feature and a new outdoor eating area for people to enjoy and socialise. This newly developed space will also host major events for the city.

Traffic who currently use Collin Street and Canal Street will be re-routed onto London Road, Queen’s Road, Sheriffs Way and Waterway Street West.

The Broadmarsh bus station and car park will be completely transformed into a much more modern facility.

Nottingham City Council expect the developments to create nearly three thousand jobs.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said: “The development will give a good, welcoming impression of our city to the many new visitors and leisure seekers arriving in this part of the city.”

Shoppers in Nottingham are not impressed with the current standard of the Broadmarsh Centre in particular and are very welcoming of the new proposals:

“I find it very oppressive and dark. The ceilings are too low and there’s no light.”

When asked what changes they would like to see in Broadmarsh in particular, shoppers suggested ideas such as:

“I’d like to see some nice classy, good quality shops. It’s all run down and awful at the minute.”

The work will start early next year.