Creative Quarter programme Creative Quarter programme

2013 - 2015: Improving Transport Access and Infrastructure

Victoria Leisure Centre Carlton Street Broad Street

Creative Quarter was Nottingham's flagship project which aimed to improve transport access and infrastructure to help support economic growth in the eastern side of the city centre encompassing the Lace Market, Hockley, Sneinton Market and the Island Site.

Connecting Eastside Phase 1 was completed in early 2012 with improvements including the redesign of Sneinton market Square, building access for cycle stands, creation of new traffic routes and the widening of certain pavement sections. Phase 2 has been completed and further redevelopment works alike phase 1 took place in areas across Nottingham approved by the City Council as part of the Capital Programme on 4th March 2014. The programme was funded by Nottingham City Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Completed works: Creative Quarter

Heathcoat Street

The improvements saw the character of Heathcoat Street change to a place for socialising and events, with more space for pedestrians and less dominance of parked cars. General improvements were also made to the High Cross Street area with additional widening of the eastern footway.


Manvers Street/ Pennyfoot Street

In addition to the above works a further Creative Quarter scheme commenced on ther 14th June 2015 at the Manvers Street/Pennyfoot Street junction which will see the implementation of pedestrian facilities at this signal controlled junction.

Sneinton Area

There are two adjacent public realm improvement schemes in the Carlton Road corridor included within the Creative Quarter programme. The pedestrian crossing facility improvements and associated works at the Bath Street/Southwell Road/Carlton road junctions have now been completed  The carriageway resurfacing which forms part of the Creative Quarter Eastern Approaches public realm improvements has also been completed and the footways improvements are nearing completion.

Approach Works

Derby Road

Derby Road is one of the primary corridors into the city centre from the North and the East of the city, as well as an important local retail centre. Nottingham City Council made improvements to the corridor with works beginning on the 2nd March 2015 and were completed in late 2015.

The improvements will help foster increased pedestrian footfall within the area and improve pedestrian activity along the road. Improvements to crossing facilities and the street scene incorporating widened pavements and trees will also make it a better place to visit and live within the city centre. 

Castle Approach (Friar Lane)

The scheme covers Friar Lane and the area immediately outside Nottingham Castle, and is a primary pedestrian route to the Castle from Old Market Square. In recognition of the importance of this link, funding was secured though the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme to enhance the pedestrian links to the Castle.

Footfall in this area will increase due to the recent confirmation of lottery funding to improve the visitor experience at Nottingham Castle. As part of the ERDF confirmed public realm works, Friar Lane between Castle Place and Maid Marian Way has been upgraded to a higher standard to improve the walking route for visitors. The scheme works took place from the 27th July, and were completed at the beginning of December 2015.

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Key benefits
  • Increased space for pedestrians promoting higher pedestrian footfall and improved pedestrian activity
  • Implementation of widened and resurfaced footways 
  • Improved crossing facilities
  • Support economic growth in the Eastern side of the City Centre