Nottingham is due to see the arrival of a new £5 million student accommodation scheme, which is ahead of completion later this year. Located at Derby Road, The Nest will comprise of 57 new flats and a ground floor commercial space.
Tang Developments is leading the scheme, with support from GraceMachin and design plans from Nottingham-based architects Cleveley King. A dilapidated building was demolished and replaced with a contemporary structure as part of the project, with multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Dice forming an integral part of the team.
Wayne Oakes, director at Dice, said: “The Nest is a bespoke, student accommodation which has been designed with international students in mind – incorporating the latest in studio design, great communal facilities and all in an amazing location, close to the city centre.”
He continued: “One of the key design challenges associated with this development related to the client’s wish for the building to incorporate both a masonry and timber frame superstructure which, for a five-storey building, presented numerous design complications associated with disproportionate collapse.
“In addition to this the project delivery team also faced interesting challenges during the early stages of the project due to experiencing poor ground conditions, which impacted upon the piled foundation solution and the contiguous piled retaining structure which was installed to support the public highway of Wollaton Street at the rear of the site.
“We’ve worked closely with the developers and architects to create a building which has minimal impact on the environment and which complements the existing buildings in the vicinity – overcoming these challenges and delivering an impressive new structure on Derby Road.
“There are a lot of Nottingham teams involved in the construction of The Nest – from us on the engineering side and BEC on the mechanical and electrical engineering side, to the contractors, J A Ball, delivering the work itself – which is, of course, fantastic for the local economy and the city’s construction industry.
“There really is a hive of activity going on along Derby Road and across Canning Circus, with new sites progressing everyday – promoting the city’s commercial and residential offering. We’re confident that The Nest will be another welcome addition to the development of this area of the city.”
The Nest will welcome its first batch of students in January 2020.