Birdseye view of the Waterside in Nottingham (image courtesy of Blueprint)
The Waterside area, which is located south east of the City Centre, comprises 250 acres (100 hectares) of mainly industrial land. The area has a poor quality environment with many underused sites and premises which turn their backs onto the waterside. It is cut off from the rest of the City and makes little use of this unique river and canal side location. The Waterside is an area widely acknowledged as one of Nottingham’s greatest but least developed assets.
Stretching from Trent Bridge to Colwick Park and bounded by the river Trent, the area is currently the focus of far reaching redevelopment proposals. Because of its size, regeneration is proposed in phases. The Trent Basin, one of our TURAS demonstration sites, represents an early and crucial phase of this major waterside renaissance project.
Another area of the Waterside, known as the Island Site, will be the subject of a studio design project led by Dr Katharina Borsi at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham. Dr Borsi will use the Integrated Transition Strategies framework, developed through TURaS work package 7, as the basis for the development of the work. Professor Nick Ebbs from Blueprint, who is one of the University’s honorary professors and a TURAS partner, will support the work due to his large experience with regeneration projects and his familiarity with the site.
The huge brownfield site will be subject to massive change, which will cause a big positive impact on the city. The ideas generated in the studio projects may help to inform the further development of the strategic framework for the Waterside regeneration zone.