The Strelley Court Complex enables true independent living by raising the bar regarding supportive independent living accommodation and providing the community with a modern educational facility. Through exemplary design and build quality, these 37 state-of-the-art one bedroom apartments and library provides much needed regeneration to the Nottingham community.
At Strelley Court the apartments are perfect for residents who are looking to downsize and take advantage of the Independent Living Service on offer. They have good sized living accommodation that includes an entrance hallway, open plan lounge and kitchen with a range of wall and base units with complimentary work surfacing and tiling, bathroom with a level access shower and good sized bedroom.
The apartments also have the additional benefit of gas central heating, double glazed windows, residents car parking and lift access to all floors. With two beautifully decorated residents’ lounges, residents are able to relax and enjoy the company of fellow neighbours. There is also a resident’s private garden.
Independence of residents was key to the sites design and this was considered from inception; resulting in bespoke front doors, incorporation of open protocol lifts and mobility scooter charging points. Internal colour coding was intentionally selected enabling residents to easily identify locations within the building and the creation of spacious communal social rooms and gardens promotes social interaction between residents.
Work on the development was undertaken by GEDA Construction, BSP Consulting and HLP Architects and also includes a library and joint services complex.
The ground floor library was made up of a structural steel frame, large open floor area and curtain walking with hollow core precast GF slab. The library provides contemporary library resources and study space, as well as an information desk for council and housing services and an interview/meeting room for Nottingham City Homes. The library also provides the community with improved computer access and equipment, including free Wi-Fi and a dedicated under-fives children’s area.
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes (NCH) said: “GEDA have delivered exactly what we wanted; more importantly they have been good partners. It doesn’t matter how well you specify and detail through preliminary works, things always crop up and GEDA worked with us to deliver this fantastic building.”
The exceptional workmanship and high level of detail were a driving force to the success of this regeneration project. The proactive approach with the design team and specialist subcontractors ensured all complex interfaces were addressed prior to commencing on site. A key challenge was the array of superstructure types utilised to achieve NCH’s aspirations of high ceilings and an open spanning library.
The committed and meticulous planning and continuous weekly review of performance ensured this complex £4.5m project was delivered on programme despite challenges faced. Openness and transparency were the foundation of budget control. All costs were agreed prior to works and collaboration and communication throughout enabled NCH to make fully informed decisions, allowing achievement of budget.
Strelley Court stands as a vibrant and inclusive cornerstone in the community. It has set a new benchmark of quality for independent living, has revitalised the area and provides welcoming, energy efficient, safe spaces in which residents are proud to call their homes.
Since its completion, the project has been awarded a 2019 East Midlands LABC Award in the category of Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development. The LABC Awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry by rewarding excellent buildings, outstanding companies and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.