Nottingham Lace Market

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How has the Lace Market area of Nottingham been redeveloped over the last 50 years?

The present day land use of the Lace Market area of Nottingham mainly consists of residential and office use. Many of the old buildings that were once lace factories and warehouses have been recently developed into pubs, clubs and shops. However, on the other hand some of the original structures still remain as they were having just been refurbished. The appearance of the area has been hugely improved after being clean due to the closure of all the factories. The change in appearance was certainly beneficial to Nottingham and attracted many new businesses such as modern clubs and luxury apartments. Most of the buildings have just been renovated and refurbished although a few have been removed completely. The change in Land use has been very successful in reviving the area of Nottingham that had declined drastically since 1950. Old historical buildings such as St. Mary’s Parish Church still remain in the area and have been cleaned up to become a prominent feature of the Lace Market.

The title of my investigation is suitable because I am going to show how the Lace Market area of Nottingham has changed over the last 50 years. I am going to use graphs and maps of which I have completed myself from the data I collected. The graphs I produced are to show the land use and the quality of the environment in the Lace Market. The environmental qualities are ranked on my personal opinion and are not based on published figures. I am also going to use photos to compare the differences in the area from the two different time periods.

The Lace Market is a good area to study changes in land use because it is an area that has had so many dramatic changes in recent years. This area of Nottingham has changed form being a highly industrial place from where lace was manufactured and stored in great quantities to being redeveloped into a clean, modern and prosperous area with luxury apartments in the city centre. In the 1950’s, lace was highly in fashion and there was a big demand for it. More lace needed to be made and so Nottingham built large factories with large machines to produce more lace. Although this was a good production line; it soon became cheaper to produce lace in LEDCs and also lace began to go out of fashion. Industry declined majorly and the factories were shut down and left to become derelict. However, between the 1970’s-1980’s the government’s attitude changed towards the Lace Market and they began plans on how to attract people back to the area. To regenerate the Lace Market, the government had to accept that the Lace Market had outlived its role in manufacturing. There has been a lot of redevelopment in the area and not only have listed buildings been converted but there has also been a fair amount of new buildings within the Lace Market. As a result of the changes in the city centre; there are many pubs, offices, shops and luxury apartments.

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I collected my data by visiting the Lace Market, I chose to study five streets in the area; these being High Pavement, Hollowstone, Broadway, Halifax Place and Carlton Street. I recorded my data in bar graphs and pie charts; the first of these was a land use intensity graph. I collected data on five streets in the Lace market and recorded the number of storeys in buildings on each street and also the width of each building in paces. For each individual building I then had to multiply the number of paces by ...

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