intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham

Comprehensive review and refurbishment programme of an existing city centre asset.

  • Client: Intu Properties PLC
  • Rationalisation and revitalisation of an existing 980,922 sq ft centre
  • Delivery of a £35 million refurbishment
  • Planning approval gained for significant northern extension
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intu required Leslie Jones Architecture to undertake a comprehensive review of the intu Victoria Centre in Nottingham in order to rationalise space and update the scheme. Applying the team’s extensive commercial knowledge and design skills in dealing with existing assets, Leslie Jones developed a comprehensive refurbishment programme alongside the extension plans for the scheme.

The interior of the centre has been modernised and refreshed, reinventing the previously cluttered and claustrophobic feel of the scheme. The design introduces a lighter palate and dynamic ceiling to freshen the interior, while timber column cladding and a creative lighting system provide interest in the design and a feeling of warmth.

Leslie Jones’ masterplan includes revitalisation of the two main entrances, effectively over-cladding the 1970’s brutalist architecture with a mix of Danpalon cladding and anodised aluminium features. Externally, improvements to the public realm around the clock tower include the introduction of alfresco dining. The refurbishment project is now complete and the area is open and successfully trading.

A significant expansion of the centre to the North is also planned. This is within the old railway cutting, currently occupied by a multi-storey car park. The extension will bring a new anchor to the scheme along with a significant uplift in the retail provision. Innovative use of materials, such as Faience and Sandstone in the façades, reference the local vernacular whilst a rich variety in scale and form effectively split the extension into three building types.

Leslie Jones’ expertise in the sensitive modernisation of existing schemes will ensure intu’s Victoria Centre remains commercially competitive within the retail landscape of Nottingham, extending trading hours through the enhanced catering offer and attracting new tenants.