First UK social housing project to be built using BIM


More than 100 brand new council homes are set to be built across two sites in the UK as the latest phase of Nottingham City Council (NCC) and Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) Building a Better Nottingham council housing programme breaks ground.

The £9.9 million scheme, being delivered by community regeneration specialist Keepmoat, will include 48 new homes in Cranwell Road, Strelley, and 54 new properties across four sites in The Meadows.

Both sites have been undergoing demolition work over the past few months, as former council properties unfit for purpose were removed to make way for the brand new family homes, flats and bungalows.

The Meadows development is set to be the first social housing project in the UK to be built using building information modelling (BIM) technology – an innovative process that involves the creation of digital 3D models to minimise issues and maximise efficiencies.

The sites will include:

  • The Meadows – four individual sites will accommodate 45 new family homes and nine bungalows
  • Cranwell Road, Strelley – one site will include 25 family homes, 11 bungalows and 12 flats.

Both sites will help create energy efficient homes, ensuring future generations of tenants live in warmer, modern, more secure homes, with lower energy bills and comfortable living space.

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Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: The Building a Better Nottingham programme has already had a huge impact across the city, with more than 100 homes already built, with tenants living in them.

These large sites in The Meadows and Strelley will make a huge difference to the surrounding community, providing families and individuals with sustainable, warm, secure and modern homes, as well as dramatically improving the street scene.

The new homes will be let to people on the Nottingham Homelink housing register, which has strict criteria to ensure council housing is let to families with a strong local connection to Nottingham.

Councillor Alex Ball, Executive Assistant with responsibility for Housing at Nottingham City Council, said:

It’s really pleasing that the next stage of the Building a Better Nottingham council housing scheme, which is the biggest new council housing project in Nottingham for a generation, is ready to be constructed.

This massive initiative, which is creating homes that are sustainable, energy efficient, secure and modern and to a very good standard, is not only helping to transform communities, but is making a huge difference to the city as a whole, while also providing construction jobs and training opportunities for local people too.

Partner contractor, Keepmoat, is in the final stages of completion on the Palmer Court development in Lenton, which is closely followed by the building of a further 87 family homes and bungalows on the same site. This year the company celebrates ten years of working with Nottingham City Homes.

Martin Smithurst, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat, said:

We are proud to be working with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council to deliverer such forward thinking regeneration projects, which will transform the area for future generations and create a sustainable and healthy community.

In addition to providing much-needed new homes, the scheme allows Keepmoat and Nottingham City Homes to continue with our objectives of providing opportunities and skills to the people of Nottingham.



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