21 Sep 2015

Phase II of Blueprint’s Green Street project sees final residents move in

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Phase II of Blueprint’s Green Street project sees final residents move in

Project name Green Street Phase II

Lead partner Blueprint Regeneration

County Nottinghamshire County Council

Status Completed

The final residents have moved in to the second phase of Blueprint Regeneration’s city centre development in Nottingham. Green Street Phase II, in the Meadows includes seven custom build units as part of a larger 21 home site. The development has similar Marsh Grochowski designed exteriors, with the custom units offering greater flexibility in terms of the internal layout and fittings. The custom build purchasers worked with Pulse Associates as enablers, and contractor William Davis. Blueprint Regeneration is itself a joint initiative between Igloo and Nottingham City Council.

The seven custom built properties were sold within two weeks of coming on the market, and the owners were able to work with the project architects to produce a bespoke version of the template for the site, prior to obtaining final planning permission. All the homes have been built to the AECB Silver Standard, which aims to produce high-performance buildings by reducing CO² emissions by 70% compared to the UK average.

Editor’s comment

The speed with which the custom build opportunities were sold on this development is an indicator of the level of interest people have in having a say of the design of their own home.

In its most simple form custom build allows people to tailor their home to their lives, and it is essential that volume developments include an element of this on every site. This would help councils fulfil their statutory duty to supply land to those people on their self and custom build registers. Unless the volume builders move to accommodate this themselves, it will be down to local government to stipulate the inclusion of custom build units as part of larger site planning approval. However, it would be good to see the exteriors of these custom built homes showing greater individuality. What are your thoughts?

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