The Heathcote Buildings were erected in 1881 from a design by the Nottingham architects Walker and Howitt. Then, as now, it was built with shops in mind, though the top floor was a lace warehouse.
The stained glass you can see below is original, as is much of the rest of the building. The name Heathcote comes from the street it is on which in turn comes from John Heathcoat, the founder of the machine-made lace trade. He set up his business in Nottingham and among other things produced the bobbin lace machine. The street was re-christened in his honour, from Beck Lane, in 1874.