Fruit Market residents offer their thoughts on why they are moving to Nottingham's most forward thinking development.
What is your name?
Ksenia Chmutina and Tom Rogers.
What do you do? We’re both lecturers in engineering departments.
How did you get involved in Fruit Market? We’d seen previous projects that BluePrint had been involved with, including Green Street, Hobart & Pitcairn and Trent Basin, and loved them. So we were very pleased when we saw that they were engaged in the Fruit Market, so close to the city centre.
What kind of house do you live in now? We live in Marco Island, and like it here as its so close to the city centre. But the downside is that it is a huge block of (pretty soulless) flats, and the flat itself has a very small floor area, and can get pretty noisy at night (with sirens, cars, neighbours and revellers). On the contrary, the Fruit Market location will offer a lot more space and all the other benefits of a house, it is away from any main roads, and we'll get our own little bit of garden/balcony, and a larger shared space as well. It’s also right next door to Victoria Leisure centre, which I’ve been a member of for some time (it’s been very nicely refurbished recently, has a good sized pool, a gym, studio and sauna/steam rooms).
So location is important to us, but the fact that we’ll get the opportunity to sit down with the architect and design the layout of our home is also very appealing to us.
What kind of house do you hope to have at the end of the project? We hope to have a house that is modern, well-laid out, has a low-energy demand for heating/cooling/lighting.
What aspects of the project most attracted you? The fact that Blueprint have worked on previous, acclaimed projects in the Nottingham area is a big pull for us. The idea of the custom build is also very attractive. In the summer, we went to an information evening organised by Blueprint and learned all about cooperative build projects, and how they are very common on the continent as they help develop a sense of community, keep more of the economic benefits of housing developing to the owners (rather than the large corporations), and let the homeowners create the house they would like to live in.
Fruit Market presents an opportunity share spaces with your neighbours, what aspect of this are you most excited about? It’ll be great for those living in the Fruit Market development to have their own shared space to relax in. We’re looking forward to using the space for barbecues with neighbours and/or friends.
What attracts you to living in the Sneinton Market area? The location is very appealing. Just 5min walk from the city centre, so easy access to the shops, markets and cafes during the day and then the restaurants, cinemas, theatres, and bars in the evening. On the other side of the development, there’s the Victoria Leisure centre less than a minute’s walk away, there’s also Victoria Park across the road. The Nottingham Hack Space (www.nottinghack.org.uk) is also on a 5min walk away, perfect for anyone interested in making things… this is a bit of blurb from their website…
“Hackspace… Who is it for? If you like to build, make & learn it’s for you. You’ll probably be interested in learning about and sharing knowledge of electronics, crafts, robotics, DIY, hardware hacking, photography, computing, reverse engineering, prototyping, film making, animation, building RC vehicles and other creative challenges and projects.”
I like running and cycling, and within 5min I can be jogging/cycling along the canal towpath towards the open space of the river embankment area. Lastly, its really useful to live in the city centre when you have to commute but don’t want to drive, as you’re only a 10min walk from trams/buses/trains, or a short bus/train ride from the airport.