Boots Enterprise Zone has been shortlisted in the Housing Design Awards 2023
Boots Enterprise Zone will deliver a new neighbourhood of 604 homes as part of Boots’ Nottingham Headquarters. The project will be delivered by modular housing manufacturer and developer Ilke Homes, reflecting the Boots heritage of manufacturing innovation in the UK.
The site is on the northern banks of the Beeston Canal, with the benefit of views across the Trent Valley. The wider masterplan has already added a new road and bridge over the canal providing convenient connections to the surrounding area. HTA’s designs compliment this with diversion of an existing Public Right of Way into the site alongside new links to the surrounding neighbourhood that connect to convenient cycle and pedestrian links along the canal right into the heart of Nottingham. HTA’s landscape team led the evolution of the masterplan with footpaths, boardwalks and play areas set within the wetland edge to the canal, and connecting to sustainable drainage solutions across the site.
The homes range from 1 bed apartments to 4 bedroom family homes, within 2 and 3 storey houses and 3 to 4 storey apartment blocks. There will be a mix of tenures with Build to Rent homes alongside homes for private sale and affordable rent, with over 50% of all homes classed as affordable. The architecture of the homes was influenced by the modernist design of the Boots Campus to the north, with white horizontal bands, white brick and blue tile detailing; alongside the more traditional heritage of red brick housing from across the Trent Valley.
Ilke Homes are leaders in modular housing and will deliver the project from their factory in Knaresborough helping to speed up the delivery, reduce waste and local disruption. The house types used on the site have been developed in a collaboration between HTA and ilke homes following the Sunday Times competition winning Terrace of the Future, with flexibility for living spaces at upper floors overlooking the canal. The homes are designed to maximise flexibility of space and levels of daylight to promote the health and well-being reflecting Boots pioneering and philanthropic history.