BLOCWORK, the partnership between Network Rail and property developer bloc Group completes The Barnum, its first Build to Rent scheme for Grainger plc in Nottingham. Competition of the scheme marks the regeneration of a significant area of brownfield land.
Located within a minute’s walk from Nottingham train station, The Barnum development includes 348 Build to Rent homes – a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Nottingham.
Residents benefit from a range of amenities including a gym, residents lounge, private dining room, co-working spaces, free WiFi, roof terrace and more.
“blocwork was created with the aim of repurposing railway land and buildings into sustainable long-term assets, and The Barnum has been a great project to kick the partnership off.
“As well as the partnership with Network Rail, we’ve worked very closely with Grainger and the contractor Graham to create a development that not only brings much-needed new homes to Nottingham, but also brings life to an area of the city that had previously been restricted to railway infrastructure.”Richard Thomas, development director, bloc Group
blocwork specialises in bringing forward sites owned by Network Rail, making use of under-used land and buildings adjacent to railway infrastructure. blocwork is one of several partnerships’ bloc Group is undertaking, with the aim of sustainably and sensitively regenerating challenging sites for residential development.
“Combining Network Rail’s infrastructure experience with the private sector development expertise of bloc Group has proved to be a fruitful partnership, which is clear by the successful launch of The Barnum.
“Delivering developments through Partnerships like blocwork are important for Network Rail Property as we look to build housing and mixed-use regeneration across our brownfield estate in a way that can be accelerated and scaled across our portfolio.”Robin Dobson, Group Property Director, Network Rail
Alongside the work it is doing with Network Rail, bloc Group also has a long-term partnership with the Canal & River Trust, which has delivered hundreds of new homes while providing funds for the upkeep of the nation’s historic rivers and canals.
“Our success has been down to our partnership approach with occupiers, property and infrastructure owners. By working closely with the right partners, we can deliver impactful developments that maximise economic and social value from sites that were previously underperforming or underutilised.”Richard Thomas, development director, bloc Group
Completion of Grainger’s The Barnum Build to Rent development follows the recent announcement that Network Rail and bloc Group will partner again, with the potential to deliver some 2,000 new purpose-built Build to Rent homes across sites in major cities across the UK.