Design hero: Nick Ebbs
Developer Nick Ebbs wants to change Nottingham's landscape for the better.
Nick has over 25 years experience of regeneration and development in and around Nottinghamshire.
Back in the late 1980s he helped produce the development strategy for the Lace Market, transforming it from a failed industrial area to a trendy Nottingham address.
He acted as advisor to Experian, when planning the NG2 business park and the acclaimed "blue cube" (Landmark House) on Queen's Drive.
Nottingham Science Park
And as a board member of both the National Ice Centre and Broadway Cinema he's had a say in two of the city's most iconic buildings.
The Chartered Surveyor, who has a degree in Philosophy and Theology, was part of the team who recently oversaw the design and development of the multi-award winning No.1 Nottingham Science Park, which was unveiled in December 2008.
He is very proud of the bold two-storey building, located adjacent to the University of Nottingham on University Boulevard.
"It's meant to be inspirational, exciting, stimulating... We are targeting the next generation spin-outs from the university. They don't want to be in dull, boring sheds."
Love it and hate it
Although not born in Robin Hood county Nick says he feels very loyal to Nottingham, but not Maid Marian Way.
"I really struggle to think of a single building that I'd like to keep."
He's much more gushing about Wellington Circus, home to Nottingham Playhouse and Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror.
"I think that is a really high quality bit of urban design."
Building to the future
Nick says he would like to see a "really strong commitment to sustainable development" in Nottingham in the future.
He aims to practice what he preaches with one of his next big projects.
Landmark House, Experian
As Chief Executive Blueprint, a Property Regeneration Partnership, Nick hopes to build 38 new low-carbon eco-homes in the The Meadows.
Bid to be World Design Capital
Nottingham bid to become the World Design Capital in 2012. The city council, the Arts Council and Nottingham Trent University are behind the application to the International Design Alliance (IDA). Nick supported the application along with Nottingham-born designer Paul Smith.
You can hear more 'design heroes' every Tuesday with Frances Finn, 09:00 to 12:00 on BBC Radio Nottingham (95.5 & 103.8FM, DAB and online).
last updated: 20/07/2009 at 11:48