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City's 14m arts centre laced up
Lace pattern on concrete panel
The lace pattern was found in a 1847 time capsule
Nottingham's new 14m arts centre is being dressed with a lace pattern found in a Victorian time capsule.

Workers began lifting concrete panels, which have been cast with the lace design, into place on Thursday.

A sample of the pattern was found in a time capsule from 1847 which was discovered by architects near the site.

Gary Smerdon-White, chairman of Nottingham Contemporary, said the centre will be an iconic building and a link between old and new Nottingham.

Mr Smerdon-White said: "It will look like a very modern and contemporary building which will probably attract quite a lot of discussion.

"It will be something very different and something which links the old with the new and create a very diverse building for the Lace Market.

"Obviously it's not going to be to everybody's taste, some people do like very traditional buildings but we believe this will be an iconic building."

The centre, which is due to open in early 2009, has been funded by the city council, the arts council, the Greater Nottingham Partnership, the East Midlands Development Agency and by private donations.

The sample used on the panels was from the Richard Birkin lace firm which was based in Basford.

Cranes mounted the concrete panels

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