The YMCA, Nottingham

  • client
  • Nottinghamshire YMCA
  • contract value
  • £2,500,000
  • date
  • 2009
  • sector
  • Heritage/Conservation
  • location
  • Nottingham
  • contact
  • Chris Goodwin

Following the redevelopment of Trinity Square into a mixed-use residential and retail quarter, a natural opportunity arose to re-think the use of the existing building that had been the home of Nottinghamshire YMCA for many years. The retail heart of the City had shifted northwards; it was felt that a retail offer fronting Shakespeare Street was now viable. This in turn allowed for substantial improvements and an expansion of the residential accommodation to the upper floors. A new gym was also included.

Important elements of the Grade II Listed Art Deco building were sympathetically refurbished, enabling future retail tenants to utilise these as part of their fit out to achieve interesting and relevant shop units. The redevelopment of the building also included the remodelling of the main entrance and office accommodation to upgrade the standard of public and private facilities. Works to improve disabled access to the common areas were also included.

A total of 98 client rooms were either improved or created to a high standard of finish with durable fixtures, fittings and equipment. Where possible, en-suite facilities were added.

In the common areas, circulation was rationalised with improved accessibility to improve inclusivity. Consultation and meeting rooms were created including spaces for group work and therapy. New training kitchens were added to encourage self-sufficiency.

Energy saving measures, using the fabric first approach, including window replacements and thermal upgrades were undertaken as was extensive upgrading and replacement of aging services including some particularly sensitive elements of the building.

The work was undertaken in two phases over 2 years, with a total value of approximately £2.5m. Rayner Davies were Lead Consultant, with a team of talented M&E, Structural and Cost Consultants to bring the project in on budget and on time. The project was procured using a traditional contract with Rayner Davies acting as contract administrator and responsible for quality monitoring. The project was well received by clients and the YMCA and was awarded a Nottingham Civic Society Commendation.