Victoria Centre

Intu Victoria Centre, is a shopping centre in Nottingham, England, constructed between 1967 and 1972. Originally known simply as The Victoria Centre, it contains fashion and high street chain stores as well as cafes, restaurants, a health and fitness centre and the Nottingham Victoria bus station. Over three million people live within a 45-minute drive of the centre.

Intu Victoria Centre
Nottingham - NG1 (Victoria Centre) - - 2997781
The clock tower of Victoria Centre
LocationNottingham City Centre, England
Coordinates52°57′23″N 1°8′50″W / 52.95639°N 1.14722°WCoordinates: 52°57′23″N 1°8′50″W / 52.95639°N 1.14722°W
Opening date1972
ManagementIntu Properties Plc
OwnerNottingham City Council
Intu Properties
No. of stores and services120
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area91,140 m2 (981,000 sq ft)
No. of floors2
Public transit accessNottingham Victoria bus station


The Victoria Centre stands on the site of the old Nottingham Victoria railway station, which was demolished in 1967. The clock tower and the former Victoria Station Hotel[1] (now run by Hilton Hotels) were the only parts of the old station to survive. The shopping centre was built between 1967 and 1972 by Taylor Woodrow. Above the shopping centre rise the 26 floor, 256 feet (72m) high "Victoria Centre Flats", which run North to South along the length. There are 464 flats and 36,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) of offices.

In 1970, the kinetic sculptor Rowland Emett was commissioned to design and build a 'water-powered' clock, known as The Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator.[2] The clock was installed late 1972 and chimed on the hour and half-hour, playing 'Gigue en Rondeau II' (1724) from Rameau's (1683–1764), 'Pieces de Clavecin' Suite in E-minor. This musical animated sculpture was originally on the lower mall and was a popular meeting place. At some point, the clock was modified to chime and play the music every fifteen minutes. In February 2014 the clock was dismantled from the Main Square and underwent initial refurbishment by Engineer Pete Dexter and the Rowland Emett Society. It was re-assembled for exhibition in Millennium Point, Birmingham during the summer of 2014 before being dismantled again and stored until December 2014. The parts were then transported back to Nottingham where further refurbishment work was carried out by Pete Dexter and staff at intu Victoria Centre. It was re-assembled in its new location on the north end of the upper mall. Its stature, colour scheme and most of its original water features were restored. It was officially restarted on 17 June 2015.

In 1997 the centre was extended to give more retail space and the addition of new anchor, House of Fraser. Following this the rest of the centre was refurbished.

In 2010 it was announced that the Victoria Centre would be expanded to compete with Westfield's nearby Broadmarsh Centre and new centres in Derby and Leicester. In November 2011, Capital Shopping Centres purchased the Broadmarsh Centre.[3][4] The purchase prompted an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission, who were concerned the company's monopoly over the city's shopping centres could negatively impact competition.[5] Following the purchase, the owners wished to start the planned development of the Victoria Centre; however, Nottingham City Council have insisted Broadmarsh must be their "priority", and they offered £50 million towards its redevelopment.[6] The deputy leader of Nottingham City Council said the council would withhold planning permission for the development of the Victoria Centre until they "see bulldozers going into the Broadmarsh Centre".[7]

In February 2013 the parent company, Capital Shopping Centres, changed its name to "Intu Properties plc".[8] The centre was rebranded "Intu Victoria Centre" as part of the company's £25m nationwide re-brand.[9]

In 2013 plans were revealed for the centre to be refurbished. The refurbishment started in February 2014 and completed in Summer 2015. The refurbishment was undertaken by Laing O'Rourke and features a new restaurant quarter in the clock tower area, new lighting, flooring and new entrances along with new toilet facilities. This is the second refurbishment that has been undertaken in the centre since the last major refurbishment in 1997. There are also plans for an extension to be added to the centre to increase floor space but this won't be considered until the plans for Intu Broadmarsh have been submitted.

Victoria Centre Market

On the first floor, opposite John Lewis, is Nottingham's largest indoor market, the Victoria Centre Market. It sells a range of goods including fresh food, meat and fish.[10] There are also speciality stalls selling items such as books, jewellery and haberdashery. The market is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 - 5:00pm.

In 2008 it won the award for the "Greenest Market in the Midlands" from the National Market Traders Federation.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Postcard Image of the Victoria Station Hotel
  2. ^ "Victoria Centre clock removal is "pure rumour"". BBC News. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Westfield sells Nottingham's Broadmarsh shopping centre". BBC News. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Westfield to sell Broadmarsh Centre". this is Nottingham. 10 November 2011. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  5. ^ BBC News - Probe into Nottingham Broadmarsh shopping centre deal
  6. ^ "Nottingham's Broadmarsh Centre deal to transform city". BBC News. 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ BBC News - Nottingham's Broadmarsh shopping centre 'risk'
  8. ^ Monaghan, Angela (15 January 2013). "Capital Shopping Centres rebrands as Intu and launches fashion website". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Nottingham centres to undergo rebrand". insider media. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Victoria Centre Market". Nottingham City Council. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  11. ^ "How Green Is Your Market". Retrieved 23 March 2010.

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Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator

The Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator (also known as the Victoria Centre Clock or the Emett Clock or The Time Fountain is a 'water-powered' clock. From 1973 to 2010 it was installed on the ground floor at the Victoria Centre in Nottingham, England. In 2015 it was reinstalled in the shopping centre on the first floor.

Arthur Williams McCurdy

Arthur Williams McCurdy (April 13, 1856 – 1923) was a Canadian businessman, inventor and astronomer.

He was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, the son of David McCurdy and Mary Archibald. He moved to Baddeck with his family at the age of nine and was educated there and at Whitby, Ontario. He returned to Baddeck, where he entered business with his father and brother William. In 1881, he married Lucy O'Brien. The following year, he bought his father's share in the business. The business failed in 1887 and McCurdy became private secretary to Alexander Graham Bell, who he had met in Baddeck. In 1889, he became an assistant in Bell's lab in Washington, D.C..

In 1899, he developed a portable tank for developing film, later selling the patent to Eastman Kodak. He married Hattie Maria Mace in 1902 after the death of his first wife. After leaving Bell's employ to pursue his own inventions, McCurdy moved to Toronto in 1903. A few years later, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia. He was president of the British Columbia Natural History Society and contributed an article about Victoria to the National Geographic Magazine. McCurdy helped establish the Victoria centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and served as its vice-president; McCurdy lobbied for the establishment of the Dominion Dominion Astrophysical Observatory on Vancouver Island, for a brief time the site of the largest telescope in the world. In 1916, he ran for the Esquimalt seat in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia; although he was at first declared elected, Robert Henry Pooley was declared elected after a recount. McCurdy died of heart failure in Washington, D.C.

He was the father of the pioneering aviator John Alexander Douglas McCurdy.

Aspley, Nottingham

Aspley is a council estate and a ward of the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. It is located within the boundaries of Nottingham City Council. The ward is located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Nottingham City Centre and is located only 1.6 miles west of Junction 26 of the M1. It lies south of Bulwell, west of Basford and is north of Bilborough. The principal road in the ward is the A610. At the 2001 Census the ward had a population of 15,689, increasing to 17,622 at the 2011 census.For a number of centuries the ward consisted of just a number of small settlements and was home to both Broxtowe and Aspley Hall, the latter home to the Willoughby family for a number of generations. In the early 20th century Nottingham City Council, after a number of purchase orders developed the area into a large housing estate.

The ward contains three housing estates which consist of Aspley, Broxtowe (not to be confused with the borough Broxtowe) and Bells Lane estate. Aspley has a number of shops, a local library and transport links (by bus) with Nottingham City Centre and surrounding areas.

BBC Radio Nottingham

BBC Radio Nottingham is a BBC Local Radio station serving the English county of Nottinghamshire. It broadcasts on FM, DAB radio and Freeview from studios located on London Road in Nottingham city centre.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 151,000 listeners and a 8.6% share as of December 2018.


Broadmarsh (also known as The Broadmarsh Centre and rebranded in 2013 as intu Broadmarsh) is a shopping centre located slightly to the south of the centre of Nottingham, England, owned by Nottingham City Council. Opening in 1975, the centre has 55 stores and a total retail floor space of 45,000 m2 (480,000 sq ft). .

Broadmarsh bus station

Broadmarsh bus station was a bus station serving the city of Nottingham, England.

The bus station was situated in Nottingham City Centre adjacent to the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, underneath its multi-storey car park. It was bordered by Canal Street (A6008 road) and could be accessed from the shopping centre. The station was 250 metres (270 yd) away from Nottingham railway and tram stations.

Broadmarsh had a total of 16 bays, Trent Barton were the main provider of bus services from the bus station with other services provided by Centrebus, Kinchbus and University of Nottingham Hopper Bus services. Services from Broadmarsh operated mainly to villages or towns such as Bingham, Loughborough, Long Eaton and Oakham, the CentreLink bus service also operates from Broadmarsh to Queen's Drive and the nearby Victoria Bus Station and Victoria Centre.

National Express services also operated to/from Broadmarsh. Nottingham City Transport services that serve the Broadmarsh shopping centre go from bus stands located on Collin Street.It closed on 9 July 2017 as part of a redevelopment of the area.

Centre for Contemporary Photography

The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, is a venue for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice.

Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, located on Observatory Hill, in Saanich, British Columbia, was completed in 1918 by the Canadian government. The Dominion Architect responsible for the building was Edgar Lewis Horwood. The main instrument is the 72 inch (1.83 meter) aperture Plaskett telescope, proposed and designed by John S. Plaskett in 1910 with the support of the International Union for Cooperation in Solar Research. It was planned to be the largest telescope in the world but delays meant it was completed and saw "first light" on May 6, 1918, 6 months after the 100-inch Hooker telescope (2.5 m) at Mount Wilson Observatory.The observatory has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada as it is a world-renowned facility where many discoveries about the nature of the Milky Way were made, and it was one of the world’s main astrophysical research centres until the 1960s.

Intu Properties

Intu Properties plc, formerly Capital Shopping Centres Group plc, is a British real estate investment trust (REIT), largely focused on shopping centre management and development. Originally named Liberty International plc, it changed its name in May 2010 to that of its major subsidiary, Capital Shopping Centres, after demerging its Capital & Counties Properties business unit to form an independent business. The company renamed itself as Intu Properties plc on 18 February 2013, which was followed by the rebrand of the majority of its shopping centres under the "Intu" name from May 2013. The company owns or part-owns 17 shopping centres in the UK and three in Spain. The firm's shares are listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and it is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

List of shopping centres in the United Kingdom

This is a list of shopping centres in the United Kingdom. This list does not include retail parks.

List of tallest buildings by United Kingdom settlement

This is a list of the tallest buildings by United Kingdom settlement. The article includes all cities and towns with a population over 100,000. This list is based on criteria set out by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat which excludes structures such as telecommunication towers and church spires from being labelled as a 'skyscraper or tall building'. The tallest building in the United Kingdom in a settlement with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants is The Triad in Bootle, Merseyside at 88.7 metres (291 ft).


Nottingham ( (listen) NOT-ing-əm) is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham and 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Manchester, in the East Midlands.

Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes), and tobacco industries. It was granted its city charter in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is a tourist destination; in 2011, visitors spent over £1.5 billion—the thirteenth-highest amount in England's 111 statistical territories.In 2017, Nottingham had an estimated population of 329,200. The population of the city proper, compared to its regional counterparts, has been attributed to its historical and tightly-drawn city boundaries. The wider conurbation, which includes many of the city's suburbs, has a population of 768,638. It is the largest urban area in the East Midlands and the second-largest in The Midlands. Its Functional Urban Area, also the largest in the East Midlands, has a population of 912,482. The population of the Nottingham/Derby metropolitan area is estimated to be 1,610,000. Its metropolitan economy is the seventh largest in the United Kingdom with a GDP of $50.9bn (2014). The city was the first in the East Midlands to be ranked as a sufficiency-level world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.Nottingham has an award-winning public transport system, including the largest publicly owned bus network in England and is also served by Nottingham railway station and the modern Nottingham Express Transit tram system.

It is also a major sporting centre, and in October 2015, was named 'Home of English Sport'. The National Ice Centre, Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and Trent Bridge international cricket ground are all based in or around the city, which is also the home of two professional league football teams; the world's oldest professional league club Notts County, and Nottingham Forest, famously two-time winners of the UEFA European Cup under Brian Clough and Peter Taylor in 1979 and 1980. The city also has professional rugby, ice hockey and cricket teams, and the Aegon Nottingham Open, an international tennis tournament on the ATP and WTA tours. This accolade came just over a year after Nottingham was named as the UK's first City of Football.On 11 December 2015, Nottingham was named a "City of Literature" by UNESCO, joining Dublin, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Prague as one of only a handful in the world. The title reflects Nottingham's literary heritage, with Lord Byron, D. H. Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe having links to the city, as well as a contemporary literary community, a publishing industry and a poetry scene.The city is home to two universities - Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham and also hosts a campus of the University of Law.

Nottingham Victoria railway station

Nottingham Victoria railway station was a Great Central Railway and Great Northern Railway railway station in Nottingham, England. It was designed by the architect Albert Edward Lambert, who also designed the rebuild of the Nottingham Midland station (now known more simply as Nottingham Station).

It was opened by the Nottingham Joint Station Committee on 24 May 1900 and closed on 4 September 1967 by the London Midland Region of British Railways. The station building was entirely demolished (except for the clock tower) and the Victoria Centre shopping centre was built on the site, incorporating the old station clock tower into the main entrance on Milton Street (continuation of Mansfield Road).

Rowland Emett

Frederick Rowland Emett OBE (22 October 1906 – 13 November 1990), known as Rowland Emett (with the forename sometimes spelled "Roland" [as his middle name appears on his birth certificate] and the surname frequently misspelled "Emmett"), was an English cartoonist and constructor of whimsical kinetic sculpture.

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is a national, non-profit, charitable organization devoted to the advancement of astronomy and related sciences. At present, there are 28 local branches of the Society, called Centres, in towns and cities across the country from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Victoria, British Columbia, and as far north as Whitehorse, Yukon. There are about 5100 members from coast to coast to coast, and internationally. The membership is composed primarily of amateur astronomers and also includes numerous professional astronomers and astronomy educators. The RASC is the Canadian equivalent of the British Astronomical Association.

Royal Centre tram stop

Royal Centre is a tram stop of Nottingham Express Transit (NET) in the centre of the city of Nottingham. It derives its name from the adjacent Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall. The stop is also close to the Cornerhouse, the Victoria Centre and the Newton Building of Nottingham Trent University, although much of the university's City Campus is closer to the Nottingham Trent University stop.The stop is located on a section of Goldsmith's Street, between Talbot Street and Wollaton Street. The section was closed to normal traffic when the stop was installed in 2003, allowing trams to stop without blocking other road users. The tram stop has side platforms. A trailing crossover just to the north of the stop permits the termination of southbound trams in the stop, if circumstances prevent them continuing further into the city centre.The tram stop opened on 9 March 2004, along with the rest of NET's initial system.With the opening of NET's phase two, Royal Centre is now on the common section of the NET, where line 1, between Hucknall and Chilwell, and line 2, between Phoenix Park and Clifton, operate together. Trams on each line run at frequencies that vary between 4 and 8 trams per hour, depending on the day and time of day, combining to provide up to 16 trams per hour on the common section.

The Cornerhouse, Nottingham

The Cornerhouse is leisure complex in the city centre of Nottingham, England.

Built on the former site of Nottingham's local paper (The Nottingham Evening Post) its attractions include a number of bars, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema operated by Cineworld, a large nightclub called "PomPom", a casino and two indoor adventure golf courses. It is smaller than its neighbouring complexes Victoria Centre, Royal Concert Hall and the Theatre Royal. However, it is bigger than the recently built Trinity Square development.

Transport in Nottingham

Nottingham is the seventh largest conurbation in the United Kingdom. Despite this, the city had a poor transport system in the 1980s. The government has in the early twenty-first century invested a lot of money in the transport network of Nottingham, which has led to the re-opening of the Robin Hood Line and the construction of a light rail network, Nottingham Express Transit.

Westminster Kingsway College

Westminster Kingsway College is a further education college in central London with centres in Kings Cross, London and Regent's Park in Camden, together with Victoria (1910) and Soho centres in Westminster. The college has around 14,000 students across all age ranges and provides further, adult and higher education programmes including full-time and part-time vocational, professional and academic courses at different levels. An international department has students from overseas including those who attend study visits, exchanges and internships from partner colleges overseas.

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