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31K – new ambitious venue to be built in Hockley

Fri 13th Jul 2018

by East Midlands Business Link

A building at 31-35 Goosegate in Nottingham that has stood empty for 15 years is to be transformed by a team of 5 into a new bar and restaurant venue.

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“It used to be an old tool shop called T.S Kays and Sons. There are still some remnants left of it, like the glass stained windows up top that still have the name and the address on it – 31 Kays – which is actually how we got our name 31K. The shop front needs a lot of work so we are taking the whole thing out, but we are restoring as much as we can – restoring all of the glass stained window.”

Lau Wensink

“The property sits in Hockley, which is fast becoming an up and coming area thanks to investment in Sneinton Market and other new venues, which are bringing foot traffic and evening trade to the area. The location is perfect. With enough investment, we can make a real difference to the area.”


“We actually looked at next door first but it was just a really awkward shape for us and goes down over many levels. We didn’t see how we could do anything with it. Then we walked into this place, and by the space and the grandeur, and the feeling you get from the high ceiling, straight away I fell in love. We’ve been working on this for 5 or 6 months now and today is the day we will be signing for it officially – even though we have had the keys for about 6 weeks. As of tomorrow will be in here labouring.””


“The firm is delighted as the building represents what appears to be a record rent for the area. We’ve been asset managing the building for the client who had a long-standing disagreement with some tenants on the upper floor which CPA resolved amicably. The plan is to refurbish the development which will bring high-class offices to the area and there are also plans to improve the front of the building which has looked run down. 31K is trading as 31K and the group’s business is registered as Zeus Bar Limited. A Kickstarter is to be set up, not to fund the bar but to allow people to be a part of the project. The bar is to open on 31st August to sponsors and press on the 1st September. The team want to open more bars after 31K – as Lau said: “This is our first bar and will be one of many.”

Daniel Hawkins, Managing Director at CPA and Associates and Asset Manager for the building

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