Adam's Building, Nottingham

Awards Won: The Queen's Anniversary Prize 2002

Adam's Building, Nottingham

Key Facts

Year Completed



CPMG Architects



Floorplate Size

190000 sq. ft


New College Nottingham

Build Type

New Build

Breeam Rating


Originally built for 600 workers involved in lace production, the Adams Building was considerably extended to cope with a rapid growth in demand for its quality products. It is now the home of Clarendon City College, one of three sites making up the highly successful further education college - New College Nottingham. Clarendon City College is not only a show piece for the city of Nottingham but also a superb example of how, with determination, careful planning and design a mature building in danger of falling into decay can be rejuvenated to provide the highest modern standards and convenience, especially in the field of further education. Now the college provides a considerable range of state-of-the-art facilities, including a health-spa, leisure suites and the Adams Restaurant and Brasserie.

This prestige project for BWB comprised the refurbishment of and existing Grade II listed building into 190,000 sq. ft. of inner city campus for New College Nottingham which included restaurants, administration and teaching facilities. the project also involved the assessment of the existing historic structure which necessitated the strengthening of existing floors to support various college activities.

Key Challenges

All of the structural design and detailing was under the close scrutiny of English Heritage which BWB managed successfully to deliver a world class teaching facility and help save this architectural masterpiece.

In 2002 the college was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for the renovation of a heritage building and the creation of a new campus.

BWB Key Contacts

Mark Jones
Mark Jones
Service Director - Building Structures
Adam's Building, Nottingham