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Last Updated: Friday, 2 July, 2004, 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK
900m overhaul for 'Island' site
An artist's impression of the project

A 900m plan to redevelop the eastern side of Nottingham has been unveiled by developers and architects.

The development will centre on the 34 acres known as "The Island", formerly known as Boots Island.

The site currently houses the BBC and East Midlands Development Agency buildings, alongside a large amount of vacant land.

A major part of the plan is to create a canal basin around a park the size of the Old Market Square.

Offices, apartments, bars and restaurants will be built.

An aerial view of the areas to be redeveloped.

The people behind the scheme claim it will be the biggest of its kind outside London, creating 500 building jobs and office space for 5,000 more jobs.

The 900,000 first phase of the scheme has been submitted to the city council.

Future phases of the plan would stretch to the old NCT bus depot and former Sneinton market.

Backing the project is a consortium called Eastside and City Development.

Since Boots left The Island site and moved its warehouses to Beeston, The Island has been largely vacant, other than the BBC and Emda buildings which were built a few years ago.

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