Phase one of Fruit Market is now in full swing. All thirteen homes in phase one are now reserved. The very first residents have worked with progressive architects Letts Wheeler to individually customise the size, layout and look of their new homes.
Fruit Market is leading the way in Nottingham and UK as one of the first collaborative developments. Instead of buying a pre-built, house from a developer, a group of thirteen buyers have come together to design not only their own homes but also their shared facilities and spaces around them. This approach enables the house buyer to get what they really want rather than a developer attempting to second-guess an individual’s desire and a community’s needs.
This innovative approach is commonplace in Europe but can be difficult to achieve in the UK. The project, led by innovative Nottingham developers Blueprint and architects Lett’s Wheeler, has now seen it’s first group complete the customisation process in preparation for a detailed planning application.
Each home-buyer has worked with progressive architects Letts Wheeler’s innovative modular house design to determine the internal layout of their homes.
The architects have developed a design for the Bath Street site that meets the heritage criteria of the locale whilst being thoroughly modern. The new homes are being tailored to each homeowners specification as the internal walls can be located in different positions to create different spaces depending on their needs.
Architect Matthew Letts says “Some people want big, airy, double height spaces, others big living areas, some want a balcony, others don’t. Some want four bedrooms while others want open-plan living. Most conventional houses follow the same formula and offer little choice – at Fruit Market we’ve created a flexible approach so you can build the house you really want.”
This pioneering group of people are also considering outdoor spaces too. As well as private gardens they are considering other shared spaces that will benefit the development like shared gardens, outdoor eating areas and bike storage.
Local musician, Peter Beardsworth, is buying his first home at The Fruit Market. He said: “I chose The Fruit Market because the houses looked so cool, offered good value for money and are in a great location – I’m extremely excited to be living so close to the Lace Market. Plus, the ability to adapt the design to suit my needs really appealed to me. The process so far has been a lot of fun, co-ordination on the project has been great and the group gets on well.”
Tom Rogers and his wife, Ksenia Chmutina currently live just down the road from Fruit Market. Tom commented: “We’ve lived in Nottingham for 10 years now and have grown to love city living and the benefits that it provides which is one of the main reasons we chose The Fruit Market project. We were aware of Blueprint and have been impressed by their previous projects at Green Street, Hobart & Pitcairn and Trent Basin.
“We’re very excited that the design phase is now complete. It’s great that we’ve had the opportunity to have a say in the size, layout and specification of our future home and the architect, Letts Wheeler, have helped make the process really simple. The group nature of the project has enabled us to get to know our future neighbours already, so it will be nice, once the homes are built, to move into an almost ready-made community.”
The masterplan for all three phases of Fruit Market was approved in 2018 and the first group is looking to secure planning approval for early 2019. Watch this space as Nottingham’ most innovative development moves forward.