Sarah reflects on her experience at Trent Basin
As one of our Sales Negotiators, Sarah Jones prepares to wave goodbye to her team at Trent Basin’s estate agents Royston and Lund in search of travelling adventures, she shares her favourite Trent Basin highlights from the past two years.
Working with Blueprint, the developer at Trent Basin, was always going to be an exciting project for myself and the team at Royston and Lund. From day one, I didn’t hesitate in thinking that there would be a large amount of interest in the homes at Trent Basin, thanks to its excellent waterside location on the North bank of the River Trent, low energy bills, community neighbourhood living and the greener, environmentally-friendly lifestyle on offer.
As the location was a key part of Nottingham City Council’s £250m waterside regeneration project, the surrounding area was not as well established or known to homebuyers in comparison to other areas across Nottingham. We expected that it might take longer to build momentum as a result.
However, it soon became clear that the great property prices and calm blue water, fresh air and sky views would continue to attract more and more downsizers and first-time buyers. Trent Basin was offering something truly unique in Nottingham, including contemporary European-style homes and stunning roof terraces and it provided a great investment for those who wanted a new home close to the city centre but not in it.
Our first wave of homebuyers came after our first show home event last August 2016. Royston and Lund, estate agents FHP Living and Blueprint were there in force to highlight to homebuyers the amazing opportunities on offer at Trent Basin. We were excited to show them the spacious homes, the green spaces and the exciting plans and innovative new technology that lay ahead for the scheme.
Being hands-on and being able to finally show perspective buyers around the show home was exciting and a definite highlight for me. We naturally saw a large spike in sales and reservations after that first event and this would continue as the show apartment opening in January and various open weekends continued to draw in future buyers.
The large community energy project was also appealing for many residents and my knowledge of renewable energy increased considerably during my time at Trent Basin. The scheme will see the largest community energy battery in Europe at 2MWH installed at Trent Basin and piloted in the UK for the first time as residents will be able to re-generate the energy they consume and feed it back into the grid – helping to reduce their carbon footprint.
Despite not being able to see the rest of the phases built or the community energy battery installed, I’m pleased to have the privilege of seeing the scheme grow from demolition to almost full occupancy in Phase One and remain at the forefront of innovative technology.
I’ve seen empty houses become “forever homes” for Trent Basin’s residents and a unique community with a shared ethos of green values shared. From a community hub, where residents can meet, have meetings and enjoy leisure activities to discussions about the developments in the community energy scheme, there is now an established community which Blueprint will continue to build on.
Work on site for Phase Two of Trent Basin, on which Help to Buy is also available, is expected to start later this year and Blueprint, FHP Living and Royston and Lund is already taking expressions of interest for the new homes.