16 May 2017

New homes and a new old link along Arkwright Walk

Regeneration continues along Arkwright Walk after a historic through route was re-established in the area. Arkwright Walk follows the course of the old Arkwright Street, closed as a through route during the 1970s. This was previously blocked by a garden, and the Council has worked with Crocus Fields children’s centre to change the boundaries and create a new through route. This opened in February and has quickly become popular, reconnecting the city centre and station to Trent Bridge in the south.

The Council has cleared a number of sites along Arkwright Walk in preparation for the delivery of new homes for sale which will enhance this new route and provide homes to suit a range of different needs.  The Council is working with developers Keepmoat Homes to try to bring this forward in the near future.

New BioCity Discovery building opens its doors

You might have seen the new BioCity Discovery building – especially if passing it at night. That’s because of ‘Corona,’ a brise soleil on the front of the building linked to 2 NASA satellites which monitor the surface of the sun for solar flare activity. This energy is then expressed through an ever changing fibre optic lighting system which reflects the sun’s activity in real time on the facade of the building. The colours will evolve and transform over a 26 ½ day period – the time it takes the sun to rotate on its axis.

The sculpture, created by world renowned and Nottingham based artist Wolfgang Buttress and Dr. Martin Bencsik from Nottingham Trent University, adorns the new £30 million BioCity building built by Nottingham City Council and leased to BioCity to support their work. The new building will host Sygnature Discovery across three floors, who have outgrown their initial incubator space in the existing BioCity building and allow more space for new life science starts ups, cementing Nottingham’s reputation as a leading city in supporting life science growth.

New homes in Strelley just the start

Nottingham City Homes, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, has built 79 new high quality Council homes in the last year. This number include 12 flats, 11 bungalows and 25 family houses on the site of the former Cranwell Road flats in Strelley. It also includes several smaller developments which have brought former garage block sites back into use. These new properties bring better quality housing to tenants in the city, and plans are afoot to bring more new Council housing to Nottingham.

Work has also recently begun in Strelley to redevelop the older persons’ flats and the library on Strelley Road as part of a wider effort to build more council homes in the city. 245 are planned for the next year, including 45 new houses and 9 new bungalows on the old Q Blocks site of the Meadows as the council reinvigorates its housing stock.

City Council working with Island Site owners

Following the announcement of the sale of the Island Site in December, Nottingham City Council has been talking to new owners Lavignac and Conygar about plans to bring forward development.

In January 2016, as part of its push to bring forward redevelopment, the council developed a Supplementary Planning Document to guide the type of development deemed appropriate for the site and for Nottingham.  The Council also undertook a number of studies to determine the state of the site, access, roads and other infrastructure.  These have now been shared with the new owners and their planners and architects who are working with the council’s planning and urban design teams to develop more detailed planning briefs for various parts of the site.

These include innovative and exciting ideas for the site, including re-using the heritage warehouses, and for a range of different, complementary uses across the site, creating a new residential and commercial neighbourhood as part of the city centre.

Work to start on Trent Basin Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Trent Basin development is to start this summer and has been boosted by additional funding. £1.25 million will be spent on a new spine road linking Trent Lane to Poulton Drive, accelerating  delivery of 500 new homes.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing for Nottingham City Council, said: “This City Council is successfully forging ahead with many new housing schemes and is committed not just to building new homes, but good quality, energy efficient homes. This development is especially important, creating a new community in a riverside location on a brownfield site close to the city centre.

“This funding enables us to connect attractive homes in an in-demand area with main routes into and around Nottingham, including our new Eco Expressway. Spending on this crucial infrastructure is important so that residents in this new community feel part of a growing and innovative city.”