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Call for Entries - Urban Room Website



Nottingham’s Urban Room, at 38 Carrington Street, is looking for projects to feature on its new website. In particular they are looking for future proposals for the city - so masterplans and visuals are ideal.

They are also looking for the best examples of completed projects in Nottingham so practices are encouraged to put forward their projects for consideration in both categories.

Ben Derbyshire PRIBA giving speech at the opening of Nottingham’s Urban Room

Ben Derbyshire PRIBA giving speech at the opening of Nottingham’s Urban Room

Since the fantastic “soft” launch party of the Urban Room, where the RIBA President’s Medals was exhibited (won for the first time by a Nottingham student) and an opening event attended by Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President, the Urban Room has had its facade restored by local practice Joe Player Architects. To celebrate, there will be a further “official” launch on 27th September. The opening exhibition is focused on Carrington Street itself, the place and the people featuring some wonderful portrait photography by David Severn.

Snapshot of new website for 38 Carrington Street

Snapshot of new website for 38 Carrington Street

The website is ready to go live for the opening so please submit your project entries by 20th September to give us time to incorporate them.

Please submit the following:

  • Min. one image, digitally, jpeg

  • project title

  • Brief description of project

  • address of project

  • name of practice and contact details

  • photographic credits

Please send to

The shortlisted entries from NDSA’s first ever design competition, nottforgotten, will also be exhibited in the space from 27 September and during October. Both exhibitions have been curated by Joff + Ollie Studio who have also designed the exhibition system and the branding.

Already the space has held Heritage Open Days and Public Consultation for New Schemes planned for Nottingham. So far it has had to make do with temporary display solutions for exhibitions but through RIBA LIF funding, NDSA have helped to fund a permanent display system for the space. This will be installed in time for the opening exhibition. NDSA is also helping to fund the website and branding. We urge you to pop in to not only see the opening exhibition, but the space itself, if you haven’t already. It’s a dedicated space for the exhibition of, celebration of and discussion of architecture and the built environment, past present and future.

It is an evolving entity, at present comprised of an independent partnership between Nottingham City Council, Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects (NDSA), Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, Historic England, Urban Design Group and the Royal Institute of British Architects (East Midlands).


However we couldn’t have done it without the generous sponsorship of J Tomlinson, Fagerhult, Johnstone’s (Trade) Paints and Envirograf, who all helped make the transformation of the space a reality.