Godwin plans to build mixed-use project at former Royal Mail building in UK

WCN Editorial Team 26 Jun 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Godwin Developments, a UK-based property developer, has agreed to acquire the former Royal Mail sorting office, one of Nottingham’s most recognised buildings.

Godwin has unveiled its plans to demolish the existing building and construct a large mixed-use residential development in its place.

The developer will acquire the building that fronts onto Brook Street and Bath Street where it overlooks St. Mary’s Rest Garden from Emma Property Management.

Located within the Creative Quarter and just a six-minute walk from the city centre, the project will provide better quality accommodation, improve the availability of new residential stock in the city while significantly adding to the aesthetics of the area. Its located within walking distance of both universities and Nottingham’s train station.

During its construction phase, 300 jobs will be created and 40 full-time, permanent jobs will be created once it is operational.

Godwin Developments group land director Stephen Pratt said: “To say we are pleased to have acquired this major site in my own home city is an understatement.

“We are truly excited about the opportunity to breathe new life into this iconic and historical building within Nottingham city centre, which has been prime for redevelopment since the former Royal Mail office closed in 2002.

“The scheme will provide much-needed brand new residential units in the city, which is in the midst of a £2 billion construction boom. We intend to take the development forward quickly, and will work closely with local planners, the community and the council to ensure it provides the best possible opportunities for Nottingham.”

Godwin aims to submit the planning application with the Nottingham City Council in the next two or three months. The business at the site is expected to begin in the next 18 to 24 months.

Emma Property named the former Royal Mail office the Bendigo Building, as it is located close to the memorial of William ‘Bendigo’ Thompson, the city’s famous bare-knuckle fighter from the 19th-century.

Emma Property director Ken Grundy said: “The Bendigo Building is a significant site within the city of Nottingham, and I am very pleased that my family business, Emma Property Management, and Godwin Developments have been able to collaborate on the redevelopment of this important site at the western edge of the Creative Quarter

“Godwin Developments’ plans for the redevelopment will support the on-going transformation of Nottingham’s city centre and will provide a great boost to the region during these unprecedented times.”

Recently, Godwin announced two build-to-rent (BTR) schemes in Sheffield city centre and central Stafford, adding 1,300 residential units to its pipeline in the UK.

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The former Royal Mail sorting office in Nottingham. (Credit: Godwin Group.)

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