Trent Basin is Nottingham’s most exciting and high profile residential development


  • Trent Basin is Nottingham’s most high profile residential development
  • JV between Blueprint and Nottingham City Council
  • Located in an area acknowledged as one of Nottingham’s least developed assets

  • Plays to Willmott Dixon's brownfield and urban regeneration skills
  • Continues Willmott Dixon's role across city building business and residential projects

Trent Bridge may have been the scene for many epic test match clashes, but it's the nearby Trent Basin that will provide a lasting future for many local families.

Our brownfield residential construction team are delivering the ambitious waterside scheme, located on the north bank of the Trent opposite the Lady Bay nature reserve. It's a collaboration between Blueprint and Nottingham City Council to achieve a vision of regenerating 3.5Ha within the Nottingham Waterside regeneration zone into a new community located midway between the city centre and countryside.

Trent Basin will unlock regeneration of the entire Nottingham Waterside zone, a landholding underdeveloped over the last 20 years, and its delivery is a key aim of Nottingham City Council, which is working in partnership in Blueprint following its acquisition of a 50% stake in the developer. So no pressure for team then!

First phase

Phase one provides 45 low-energy family homes that will be completed by spring 2016, with subsequent phases following over the next few years.

Eventually, Trent Basin will provide 350 low-energy apartments and family homes designed around community spaces. As can be seen from the CGI below,the site’s waterside character will be reflected by tall canal-style houses and the regeneration of a concrete basin formerly used for unloading cargo by Trent barges.

Blueprint chief executive Nick Ebbs:

“We aim to develop Trent Basin as a model of 21st century sustainable living where the guiding principles will be people, place and planet. This will be a new kind of community which will be part urban and part suburban; compact but not dense; a well-designed, neighbourly community not dominated by cars where people will be able to relax, breathe in the fresh air and walk, jog or cycle into the countryside or Nottingham city centre without worrying about speeding traffic.”

Simon Leadbeater, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s residential construction business in the Midlands:

”We are delighted to be working with Blueprint on Trent Basin given our big presence already in Nottingham on other regeneration schemes. It continues our strong track-record for building low carbon, energy efficient homes, which includes creating the largest residential development to meet Passivhaus standards and England’s first zero carbon village. It also plays to our strengths of working in urban locations and we'll bring this collective expertise to Trent Basin to deliver a fantastic community. “

Exceptional design

The architect at Trent Basin is Nottingham firm Marsh Grochowski, which has previously worked with Blueprint on low-energy housing schemes at Green Street and Hobart & Pitcairn in The Meadows. For Trent Basin, Marsh Grochowski has also worked closely with Manchester-based URBED, which has provided masterplanning for the entire Nottingham Waterside area.

Community focus

Willmott Dixon is making a difference through Nottingham City Councils ‘Young People in Construction’ programme to offer trainees experience on thesite. We intend to take 50 young people classed as NEET through a 12 week, 4 days per week construction traineeship programme. The first 4 weeks of the programme will be college based where the students will complete;

  • Functional skills training
  • Health and safety in a construction environment training
  • CSCS training and test
  • Employability skills training

After completing the first 4 weeks, students will get 8 weeks trade work experience with us. Each student will have a student allowance as a reward for meeting the terms and conditions of the programme. Students will be assessed for attitude, attendance; punctuality and completion of course work by the college.

Huge progress shaping Nottingham's future

Recently, Willmott Dixon's residential team completed a new residential scheme in St Ann's and the company is also building an extension to BioCity to attract more bioscience companies to Nottingham.