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10 April 2019

Demolition starts in Top Valley to make way for new Pelham Architects designed homes

The demolition of an unsightly row of shops with maisonettes above has started in Knights Close in Top Valley, Nottingham, where they will be replaced by a new build scheme designed by Pelham Architects.

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) will manage the properties on behalf of the owners Nottingham City Council. NCH are the client of Pelham Architects and they requested that the new development incorporated not only new homes, but also a shop and a parsonage.

There will be 20 new homes on the site, comprising of two flats, semi-detached and terraced houses with between two and four bedrooms. They will be built by Robert Woodhead Ltd of Edwinstowe and will be available as affordable rent homes from Nottingham City Homes.

The intention is that the only remaining shop in the existing parade is replaced with the new retail unit, which will continue the service to local residents.

This was the first time that Pelham Architects had been asked to design a parsonage, and it will be used as a home by The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

The new scheme also incorporates the site of the former Harvester public house on Old Farm Road which was bought by Nottingham City Homes.

The whole site is steeply sloped and this is something that had to be incorporated into the design of the scheme by Pelham Architects.

Simon Henderson, Senior Architect for Pelham Architects, explains: “The design of the homes has had to use innovative techniques to over come the difference in levels on the site, including some split level homes where the entrance is at first floor level to one side and the living rooms are on the lower level with garden access.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive for Nottingham City Homes, said: “We’re are transforming Nottingham’s neighbourhoods and regenerating sites which are no longer fit for purpose and replacing them with warm, safe and quality new homes. Together we’re Building a Better Nottingham by developing a mix of much needed properties across the whole city. Working with partners like Pelham Architects, these new homes in Top Valley will help to meet local need for affordable rent homes”.

Tom Woodhead, Business Services Director for the Woodhead Group, added: “Projects such as these are important to meet growing demands for social housing - something which is especially pertinent with the centenary of the Housing and Planning Act – and we’re very happy to be continuing our ongoing relationship with NCH with this build. We’ve delivered more than 150 homes for NCH to date, and we are looking forward to starting on site in Top Valley.”

The new development is due to be completed in spring 2020.


The site as it was.


Part of the new design.