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.