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Gordon House Nottingham

  • client
  • Bhatia Best Solicitors & Nottingham City Council
  • contract value
  • £TBC
  • date
  • 2018
  • sector
  • Offices
  • location
  • Nottingham
  • contact
  • Mark Welsford

In 1910 local blacksmith Thomas Shipside set up in business and entered into a contract with Raleigh Cycles of Nottingham to sell 50 cycles a year. After a chance meeting with William Morris (later Lord Nuffield), he entered into a contract to sell twelve Morris cars a year. This was the beginning of the firm of T. Shipside Ltd, purveyors of the greater names in modern motoring. Business flourished so when in 1927 Thomas needed additional premises he purchased Gordon House, a recently built furniture showroom on Carrington Street. From here he sold the latest Wolseley, MG and Morris models. Business was good and the firm lived on well into the 1960s.

Historically it was linked at the rear to a large garage area, used until recently as a tyre repair centre. Stylistically it is Neo-Classical, with references to classical architecture in the general arrangement of the façade and tapered Ionic columns.

In more recent years it has been in use as offices. As part of the wholesale redevelopment of the area, including the demolition of the monolithic Broadmarsh Car Park, Rayner Davies have been commissioned to undertake a refurbishment of the façade. The existing entrance to solicitor’s offices on the first floor is retained, and two retail/leisure units are created fronting onto what will become a bustling and vibrant thoroughfare through to the revitalised Broadmarsh Centre.

The project is part funded through the Carrington Street Area Townscape Heritage Scheme with grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund