Lace Market scheme welcomes trio of tenants

Left to right: Gary Thomason from GT3 and Sean Akins from Bildurn

Bildurn Properties’ Wallis Building, also known as St Mary’s School in Nottingham has welcomed three new tenants GT3 Architects, DHP Family as well as Bildurn itself.

The property 1,083 sq m (11,661 sq ft) property comprises one of the most significant listed buildings on Barker Gate, within the prestigious Lace Market area and was refurbished by Bildurn in 2012 and has been occupied by a number of tenants. The scheme was a former Methodist church and then a boy’s school and has Grade II listing.

GT3 Architects, with a team of 40 is an award-winning practice of highly creative & imaginative architects committed to designing buildings, places & spaces that combine craft & innovation with a strong social, economic & environmental agenda.

GT3’s mission is to improve the performance, outcomes and experience of individuals, organisations and communities – by design. They call this ‘People Architecture’.

GTArchitects started five years ago in Nottingham with two directors, Gary Thomason and Mark Gowdridge. A business plan written on the back of a beermat at the Pitcher and Piano, a small team with big plans to become the premier sports and leisure architects in the UK.

Gary Thomason, Director at GT3 commented “We have experienced steady growth, merging with +3 Architecture two years ago to form GT3 Architects, now with studios in Newcastle and Nottingham, 40 staff, and growing.

“We had outgrown our premises ion Castlegate n Nottingham and were looking for a new space with character for the next stage of our development, and have found ideal space with Bildurn at The Wallis Building – an old school building with accommodation over two floors – open plan office space at first floor with high ceilings and lots of natural light, and the ground floor where we have created a series of different working environments as part of our “Performance Plus” office design service.  Our key design sectors are in masterplanning, leisure, sport, office and workplace design, and we have in house interior designers. Our success is down to teamwork. Steady and sustained growth, repeat clients, award winning buildings and impeccable client service. “

GT3 are joined by Bildurn’s team of five and DHP’s Family of 46 Nottingham office based staff.  DHP Family is one of the leading names behind major indoor and outdoor festivals, national tours and standalone shows across the UK, including Nottingham’s Splendour festival. The team are celebrating having recently won four national industry awards organised by Live UK.

Bildurn engages in urban real estate development and portfolio management in the East Midlands region. The business has built an award-winning reputation for creative architectural design and for breathing new commercial life into iconic character buildings. Nottingham’s award-winning modernist Pod development and Lace Market Square are just two of those developments. Bildurn has also recently been granted planning permission for its new Grade A Office scheme at 11 Station Street in Nottingham.

Sean Akins, from Bildurn – who have moved from Carlton Street to the new site added “It’s fantastic that our own team is now housed in one of the Lace Market’s premier development with neighbours GT3 and DHP Family. This is a perfect, innovative space that combines modernist facilities in a building with a huge amount of heritage.”