Medium_luceliatarantorodrigues2_350x350_res150_bw Trent Basin: A Catalyst for Change is on Site! Authors Nick Ebbs + Lucelia Rodrigues

19 Aug 16:56

Lucelia Rodrigues

Phase 1 of the Trent Basin development by Blueprint starts on site with 160 low-energy homes

The Trent Basin site in its current state (image courtesy of Blueprint)
The construction of Nottingham’s newest residential and community development, and TURAS demonstration site, has started!

The Trent Basin site in its current state (image courtesy of Blueprint)

Work on the waterside scheme on the north bank of the River Trent, is starting now with the first phase of 45 low-energy family homes, to be ready in spring 2016. Subsequent phases will follow over the next few years in the site that lies within the Nottingham Waterside regeneration zone.
The Waterside area, which is located South East of the City Centre, comprises 250 acres (100 hectares) of mainly industrial land. The Waterside is an area widely acknowledged as one of Nottingham’s greatest but least developed assets. Stretching from Trent Bridge to Colwick Park and bounded by the river Trent, the area is currently the focus of far reaching redevelopment proposals.
The creation of a new residential community at Nottingham Waterside has been a longstanding aspiration of the City Council. Because of its size, regeneration is proposed in phases. The Trent Basin represents an early and crucial phase of this major waterside renaissance project. Blueprint’s intention is to create a new sustainable residential neighbourhood with a strong sense of community and shared values and distinctive contemporary homes.
Blueprint’s vision is of a new kind of neighbourhood, neither urban nor suburban but somewhere between the two. Tall elegant houses fronting well-designed streets with just a passing reference to Dutch Canal Houses will help create a distinct identity and sense of place. Open views over water and green spaces will reinforce the sense of being somewhere special. The public realm includes streets designed specifically to prioritise people over cars together with informal, intimate gathering points and a floating garden within the water basin. The homes have been designed to be energy efficient, with ‘fabric-first’ principles to maximise use of natural light and heat retention and minimise energy consumption, promoting sustainable, low-energy living by prioritising factors such as high levels of insulation and air-tightness.
The Nottingham TURAS team, including Blueprint and the University of Nottingham, is currently seeking funding for the necessary infrastructure to link the houses to a smart grid and set up a smart energy community scheme. The team is currently developing similar work on a smaller scale in an existing community, the Meadows, another of TURAS demonstration sites [read more here – previous blog]. The aims are to investigate the socio-economic benefits that can be gained from the setting up and running of smart energy communities, and what are the barriers and opportunities to increasing social resilience. The knowledge gained can be transferrable to other larger schemes such as the Trent Basin project. This is a unique opportunity to explore how the use of smart energy infrastructure can support the development of community capital and networks, and consequently enhance social resilience.
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Originally published 09.07.2015

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