Trent Basin

Trent Basin Aerial
Trent Basin Aerial
This map shows the first stages of development around the basin
This map shows the first stages of development around the basin
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  • Architecture
  • Masterplanning
East Midlands
Bluperint, HCA
Associated team members
Associated documents

Trent Basin lies on the north bank of the River Trent, less than two miles from Nottingham City Centre in an area of previously under-used land that had been scehduled for redevelopment by the city council for some years prior to our involvement.

Its location right on the river and close to green open space on the opposite bank created a great opportunity for new housing. With developers Blueprint and a team of designers we developed masterplan proposals that seek to make the best use of the river frontage and the open space of the existing water basin - an inlet from the river previously used by industry. 

The brief from Blueprint suggested "A new type of neighbourhood. Not quite urban. Not quite suburban. Close to the city but not in it. A place where the countrybside sprawls into the city, not vice versa.... A place to be healthy, a place to be happy". 

Trent Basin won the Urban Design Group Practice Award 2015, see the video here.

It will be built out over the coming of years - creating a new and unique residential neighbourhood on the edge of Nottingham city centre. 


Project blog

01.12.2015, 17:12
Trent Basin Phase 1 on site

Wilmott Dixon are currently on site constructing Phase one of Trent Basin.  You can view progress on the webcam here

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

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.”


02.03.2015, 15:50
URBED nominated for Practice Award

URBED has been nominated for the annual Urban Design Group practice award for our work on the masterplan for Trent Basin in Nottingham. The winner is decided by a democratic vote, and so we would like to invite you to vote for us by following this link. Thank you!

29.04.2014, 11:59
Planning Application Approved

The planning application for our scheme was approved by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee in March 2014. Subject to final planning consent, work on Trent Basin is set to start this summer with the first phase of 41 homes completed in the autumn of 2015.

05.12.2013, 17:09
Trent Basin - Planning Application Submitted

We have submitted a hybrid planning application for the re-development of the Trent Basin site in Nottingham.

Our submission includes a full (detailed) planning application for Phase 1 of the scheme, and an outline planning application for future phases 2-5.


What next?

The planning application will be determined by planning officers at Nottingham City Council. It will also be presented at a planning commitee in late February/ March (more details to follow). This will ensure that the scheme gets approval from local councillors.


05.09.2013, 11:41
Proposals for Trent Basin

Our proposals have gone through a lengthy design review process to make sure our development on Trent Basin is of the highest quality.

This process follows the Footprint guide, and this makes sure all aspects of the scheme promote a sustainable development – from making sure there are schools and fresh food shops close by  to constructing energy efficient houses  and building layouts which promote walking and cycling.

Our proposals:

The site which sits in-between three Industrial Estates: Meadow Lane, Daleside Road and Trent South will be redeveloped into a sustainable residential neighbourhood. The basin will also be regenerated  to provide open public space with views onto the Trent. The development will include:

  • New access routes into the site
  • 150 new homes which comply with the Building for Life 12 standards
  • New public space around the basin with views to the river
  • Energy efficient housing – to achieve EPC rating A
  • A mix of townhouses, water-edge houses and mews



To view more information about our proposals, please take a look at our info boards under downloads >

We displayed these at our consultation event on the 3rd September, which took place at Nottingham Raceourse. 

The event was really successfull with 37 people tunring up to view our proposals. If you were unable to attend but would like to give your feedback please fill out an online questionnaire here.