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Riverside

  • client
  • Gilbert & Hall
  • contract value
  • £TBC
  • date
  • 2019
  • sector
  • Residential
  • location
  • Nottingham
  • contact
  • Julien McGuinness

The north bank of the River Trent in Nottingham up to The Nottingham Canal was historically a mix of heavy industry and workers housing. Railways took coal from the nearby Clifton Colliery to feed the power stations of the Trent valley. Nestled among the housing were pockets of industry: a dye works, a laundry and garages. And so it remained until the colliery closed and made the railway redundant. Slowly the area has re-emerged as a mix of retail, riverside green space and family housing. The construction of the tram system in 2015 further encouraged the viability of residential schemes on the last pockets of poor-quality industrial land.

The Eagle Press site sits between the River Trent to the south and the Meadows housing to the north. Well served by public transport it was an ideal opportunity to produce a relatively high-density scheme whilst still maintaining the existing urban grain. The curve of the site led to the formation of two distinct blocks, linked by a triple height glazed atrium. 42 mainly two bed duplex apartments were proposed over three and four stories. The arrangement of duplex units rather than traditional single level units allows the majority to enjoy duel aspect with spectacular river views to the south and views over the city to the north. Each have either terrace or inset balconies. Secure parking is provided at ground level.