Globe Consultants have secured an invaluable planning permission and listed building consent which will help secure the long term future of a prominent Grade II* listed building in Nottingham City Centre. 23 High Pavement – known locally as County House – forms one of the most attractive buildings in Nottingham’s nationally renowned Lace Market district. Vacant since 1992, County House is in a perilous condition having been left unoccupied and derelict for a number of years. The building has, until late, failed to attract any use or an owner willing to commit to the required levels of investment now required to bring the building into a good state of repair.
Appointed by the new owners of the building who are determined to return the building to its previous magnificent splendour, Globe formed part of a multi-disciplinary consultant team tasked to achieve planning permission and listed building consent for a commercially viable proposal, which would provide the necessary confidence to drive forward the investment required. Detailed discussions were held with planning and conservation officers at the City Council alongside key statutory consultees such as Historic England. These discussions were integral in addressing and responding to issues identified following the submission of the applications, and allowed the scheme to evolve to one which was strongly supported by the Council’s officers. The mix of users proposed was also refined during the course of the applications in order to meet the newly identified requirements of potential end users, with a mixed use scheme tabled which included a restaurant, co-working office space, and serviced apartments. Working alongside AM2 Architects and Locus Consulting, Globe were able to drive the applications forward to a successful conclusion – the Council’s Planning Committee report noted that the ongoing dialogue between the client team, led by Globe, and the Council “exemplifies collaborative working between private and public stakeholders within the city”. Members at Nottingham City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously backed the proposals on 17 October 2018.
James Rigby, Director at Globe Consultants, said “County House has had no significant maintenance since it was vacated by the County Council in the early 1990s. It is showing clear evidence of disrepair which is causing damage to the historic fabric of the building and the features of interest within it. The proposals will facilitate the sensitive adaptation of this Grade II* Listed Building, bringing it back into a viable economic use and, crucially, will help secure its long term future”.