Developer warned to respect heritage of Nottingham’s British Waterways building in flats plan

Historic warehouse set to be converted into apartments
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A developer must avoid using power tools to repair the brickwork on a historic listed warehouse which sits on the banks of the Nottingham and Beeston Canal.

The Grade II listed British Waterways building, in Nottingham’s Castle Wharf, was originally built in around 1919 and used for the storage and loading of goods and materials onto canal barges.

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Most recently the warehouse building was home to Wetherspoon pub, The Company Inn, which has since closed, as well as a gym and comedy club, The Glee Club, which did not renew its lease on the site.

The iconic British Waterways on the way into Nottingham city centre is set to be turned into flats.The iconic British Waterways on the way into Nottingham city centre is set to be turned into flats.
The iconic British Waterways on the way into Nottingham city centre is set to be turned into flats.

Plans to convert the building into 95 apartments were given the green light by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee last September.

Developer H2O Urban will also be building a rooftop extension, where eight of the apartments will be located.

So the plans can go ahead, the developer has been required to submit more documents outlining what internal and external alterations are needed and how they will be carried out.

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This will “allow the creation of the apartments including new lifts, staircases, secondary glazing, reception and communal lounge and other alterations,” August planning documents state.

A façade repair works plan also shows a number of existing canopies will be removed alongside the re-pointing of brickwork and joints at the base of the building.

The plan says power tools must not be used in masonry repair work, only hooked tools or masonry chisels, and prepared brick faces must be brushed down with a bristle brush.

A special and particular mortar mix is also required in repair work, while sands must comply with English Heritage specifications.

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H2O Urban has formed a partnership between the building owner, the Canal and River Trust, and specialist partnership developer bloc group, to make full use of the building without damaging it.

The British Waterways building had been known as the Trent Navigation Company warehouse, which was converted for leisure use as part of the 1996 Castle Wharf regeneration.