Trams in Edinburgh. Could Norwich follow suit? Pic: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire Archant Everyone has a view on traffic in Norwich and how it could be improved. But will the city’s transport system look very different in the years to come? As part of our Future of Norwich series, Dan Grimmer reports. The past few years have seen major changes in transport around Norwich, but the decades ahead could see the city further transformed.The Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR), which was years in the planning, might have been the biggest single project, but the city’s streets have also seen major changes.Traffic can no longer use St Stephens Street and Rampant Horse Street, while there have been major revisions to the likes of Grapes Hill, Chapel Field North, Ber Street, Tombland and, currently, Prince Of Wales Road.New bus lanes have been created to speed up public transport, while the Push The Pedalways project continues to see improvements for cyclists and pedestrians.The No2 … [Read more...] about What will Norwich’s transport system look like in 2040?
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Simon Witts, ASP founder and chief executive, at the International Aviation Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Mustard, manufacturing, shoes, literature - Alan Partridge, perhaps. Degree students Aysha Zubair and Musse Muse at the International Aviation Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNorwich is known for plenty, not least its historic city centre and thriving food scene. But with Colman’s mustard relocating and the city’s manufacturing trade having taken a hit in the last few years, the list is evolving.In some areas, the future is as bright as the past is memorable - in 2012 Norwich became the first UNESCO City of Literature in England, and as of 2017 we became home to a National Centre of Writing, in the medieval Dragon Hall.And, elsewhere, the world’s developing industries are growing from Norwich. Through the Norwich University of Arts (NUA), the city has long been at the forefront of the creative industries. With their value expected to grow from … [Read more...] about No Colman’s
Architect impressions of how the new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Norwich may look. Photo: ICA Architects Archant A new multimillion pound hotel in Norwich is expected to open late next year, its developers say. Architect impressions of how the new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Norwich may look. Photo: ICA Architects The £10m Hampton by Hilton Norwich Airport hotel was granted planning permission by Norwich City Council at the end of 2017.It will be built on Spitfire Road, on land next to the International Aviation Academy, which opened last year.It will be just a stone’s throw from Norwich airport’s main terminal, and will have 126 bedrooms, Hilton said.Xenia Leisure, the developers behind the scheme, said more information would be revealed in the coming weeks, but said they hoped that the hotel would be up and running by autumn or winter next year.Architect impressions of how the new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Norwich may look. Photo: ICA Architects MORE: Your 10 … [Read more...] about New £10m 126-bedroom hotel in Norwich could open late next year
Video PUBLISHED: 08:52 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:52 08 August 2018 Simon Witts, ASP founder and chief executive, at the International Aviation Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2018 There are probably few training facilities which have caught the eye of so many as Norwich’s aviation centre. For the industry, the International Aviation Academy is a national first, a hub to train the future workforce. For politicians, including the prime minister, its innovation has prompted a clutch of visits.It has strong links with the RAF, police and air cadets, and Carol Vorderman, Royal Air Force Cadets ambassador, even opened it last year.Degree students work on maintenance of an aircraft in practical side of he International Aviation Academy. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYAnd for the county’s schools - well, it’s good fun. A look around a Boeing 737 and flight simulators makes for a memorable school trip.On Thursday, the academy will mark its first … [Read more...] about A look inside Norwich’s aviation academy as it celebrates first birthday
Aviation Academy chief executive Simon Witts , back, with Sir Christopher Harper, ASP eastern Regional Advisory Board, and Nova Fairbank, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce public affairs manager, ready to plan the Norfolk Day Business Summit. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2018 How do we cast off the aspersions which plague Norfolk’s national and international business reputation and form a new image of the county? That will be the question under discussion by a panel of experts on the inaugural Norfolk Day.Business heavyweights will come together in Norwich on Friday, July 27 to discuss Norfolk’s past and future strength and how we combine those skills to create an economy fit for the future.With burgeoning capabilities in life sciences and tech and ground-breaking advancements being made in established sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, Norfolk’s economy has a strong foundation on which to grow.But many in the business community say the perennial … [Read more...] about Norfolk Day business summit to discuss county’s image problem