Plans drawn up for 100 apartment block in Nottingham with living walls of greenery on the outside

Plans drawn up for 100 apartment block in Nottingham with living walls of greenery on the outside

Plans have been drawn up for a 100 apartment block in Nottingham with living walls of greenery on the outside.

ALB Group, which is based in the city, wants to build on the site of a former Indian restaurant and car valeting centre, at 152-160 London Road.

If approved the development would become a “gateway building” along one of the main routes into the city centre.

ALB Group, which specialises in converting, redeveloping and letting residential and commercial properties around the UK, said the scheme would comprise of one and two-bed apartments with balconies, communal terraces, a ground floor two-storey restaurant, a café and bar, basement car parking and a residents’ gym.

The company said plans for the site – which sits just outside the Nottingham Urban Design Guide Zone of Reinvention and the Waterside Regeneration Zone – have been drawn up in consultation with Nottingham City Council.

Arran Bailey, managing director at ALB Group, said the designs include planting schemes and living walls on the balconies and terraces, designed to enhance the ecological value of the site.

The plants will be maintained using grey water recycling through a built-in irrigation and drainage system.

Solar panels on the roof will also provide a sustainable source of electricity to the building.

The site is close to the city and West Bridgford, and a few minutes’ walk from the River Trent, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Notts County and Nottingham Forest, and Nottingham train station.

Mr Bailey said: “As one of the main routes into Nottingham, London Road is a prominent location and provides a gateway to both West Bridgford and the rest of the city.

“We are excited to be submitting plans for this landmark scheme, which if approved, would bring luxury homes and further amenities to the area.

“The new development would improve the aesthetic of a major gateway, and serve to welcome visitors as they approach and travel through the city.

“We have been working closely with Nottingham City Council, CBP Architects and the local community, to ensure the design of the building fits in seamlessly with the environment.

“The scheme’s contemporary look, complete with natural greenery, would also enhance the view corridor towards Nottingham Castle, which is something Nottingham City Council is keen to maintain.

“The apartments would offer residents attractive views of the surrounding vicinity, towards West Bridgford and the city centre.

“Spacious, open-plan living and quality fixtures and fittings throughout will provide a desirable living experience complete with on-site amenities.

“Being in such close proximity to Nottingham train station, makes this an ideal location for commuters.

Simon Birch, director at CBP Architects, said: “It is a pleasure to be working on plans for such a prominent, residential and commercial development in an unrivalled location in Nottingham.

“The design of the scheme respects its location on one of the main routes into the city and if plans are approved, it will provide a striking piece of architecture to welcome visitors and commuters along the route.

“The contemporary design including living walls and planted terraces will help to bring the building to life and will provide a natural ‘green’ feel to its aesthetic, as well as boasting sustainable energy credentials to maximise the building’s performance and efficiency.”

Pending planning, work could begin this autumn, and completed by spring 2023.

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