Adams Building, Nottingham
Early Victorian industrial entrepreneurs were not generally known for providing their workers with good working conditions and paying them to attend morning worship before work. Thomas Adams, however, was such a man, and the magnificently refurbished Adams Building in the heart of Nottingham's thriving Lace Market area bears witness to his ideals, foresight and dedication to excellence.
The Adams Building, built in 1855, was designed by one of the country’s leading architects, Nottingham-born Thomas Chambers Hine. The factory warehouse was modelled on a grand country house in the Anglo-Italian style. Chosen as part of a private finance initiatives (PFI) consortium to mastermind the design of the refurbishment, it was the vision of New College Nottingham’s chief executive Pat Morgan-Webb.
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The £16.5m refurbishment has made the building one of the best-equipped further education colleges in the country.
We were selected for our planning abilities and our expertise in handling education projects The ten year project won grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£7m), The European Regional Development Fund (£2.5m) and English Partnerships (£0.4m) and capital support from the Further Education Funding Council. Originally built for 600 workers involved in lace production, the Adams Building is now the home of Clarendon City College, one of three sites making up the highly successful further education college New College Nottingham. The building provides all the educational requirements and modern facilities demanded by 8,000 adult students.
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