New canal side eco development revealed in West Bridgford

As part of the redevelopment of a brownfield site into premium ‘low energy’ residential apartments, new designs have now been revealed by Plan A Architecture ahead of a planning committee meeting this month.

The development, located on the canal edge in Kendal Court, West Bridgford, has been designed by local architecture practice Plan A. The firm was appointed by Nottingham based developer Stagfield Group to design 10 eco apartments on the canal side site.

The plans reveal 10 two-three bed apartments which have been designed to sympathetically integrate with the canal and provide an active frontage for both residents and members of the public.

Mike Ellis, lead architect on the project, said: “The scheme sits on a predeveloped existing brownfield site so it will really lift the surrounding area and also activate and breathe life into the underused stretch of canal side. The scheme will also provide extra casual surveillance adding further safety to the canal for any members of the public walking down the tow path.

“It is also in a very sustainable location as it is a short walk from West Bridgford town centre and close to plenty of major public transport routes and connections. The stretch of canal will also retain its ‘green route’ status with additional green infrastructure weaved into the updated design.”

The scheme initially received complaints after a row of mature hedgerow was removed, however, after lengthy testing EMEC Ecology deemed that the site was not a designated nature conservation site and the removed hedgerow did not contain any protected or notable species.

Dr Kevin Hard, founding partner of Stagfield Group, said: “The site is really interesting as it is in a prime location – being so close to West Bridgford and on the canal side – but as a predeveloped brownfield site, it has never reached its full potential.

“Plan A have worked really hard to get the low energy design just right and create well-proportioned apartments that are sensitive and appropriate for the site. They have also worked closely with lots of different parties such as EMEC Ecology, Canal & River Trust and Town & Country Planning to make sure the site is viable and meets the various different criteria.”

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