Work on a new roof garden is starting at the Victoria Centre flats, directly above the shopping centre.
Built by Nottingham City Homes as part of its Decent Neighbourhoods programme, It will be based on the fourth floor of the flats and will feature a range of different seating areas, timber raised beds, two wall murals, and trees and planting chosen specifically for the urban environment.
The work starts on Monday 8 October and is expected to take 18 weeks to complete and a group of residents will help to maintain the garden in the future.
Victoria Centre flats resident Dave Pitt said: “It’s great news that work has now started on our new Roof Garden, and I’m looking forward to having a green and pleasant outdoor space for all residents to enjoy. The plans look really good and I can’t wait to see it take shape.”
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of NCH, said: “I look forward to seeing the transformation of the garden over the coming weeks.
“There has always been an outdoor space for residents at Intu Victoria Centre, but it needs to be brought back to life and made accessible and inspiring for those who live there.
“The garden has been designed to create a place people can go to relax, meet with friends, and enjoy a sunny day.”
The project has been designed by Nottingham Landscape Design specialists, Hosta Consulting, and is being delivered on NCH's behalf by the highways team at Nottingham City Council.
Cllr Dave Liversidge, Portfolio Holder for Transport and HR at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s great to be working with NCH on this project and the garden is going to look impressive when it’s complete. Our teams can’t wait to get stuck into transforming the area to benefit NCH residents.”
To build the new garden, a crane will be brought in, and there will be one lane closure on Glasshouse Street, near the entrance to intu Victoria Centre’s car park from 9am until 2.30pm on Monday 8 October to Wednesday 10 October, to lift equipment onto the site.