Posted: 25 Jun, 2019

Community facilities for Trent Basin are expanding after a new free school was given the go-ahead by the Government.

Focus Consultants is part of the team that is delivering hundreds of energy efficient homes at Trent Basin, the sustainable neighbourhood currently being built beside the River Trent in Nottingham.

Focus is currently the project manager, employer’s agent and sustainability advisor (HQM) for phases two and three of the scheme, having previously acted in a similar capacity for phase one.

It has now been announced that the Department for Education has given permission for Greenwood Academies Trust to open a new free school serving families at Trent Basin.

The successful application to establish Waterside Primary Academy is the result of a partnership between the academy trust, which runs 34 schools across the East Midlands, including several in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire; Nottingham City Council; and Blueprint, the regeneration company delivering Trent Basin.

The 420-place new free school, which will open in September 2021, will ensure that families moving into new housing to be built in the Trent Basin as part of the Waterside regeneration project will be able to send their children to a primary school run by an academy trust with a proven track record in delivering high-quality education.

Greenwood Academies Trust also intends to open a 60-place nursery alongside Waterside Primary Academy.

Focus partner Keith Butler said: “Focus Consultants is proud to be playing a part in this new neighbourhood development for Nottingham. Schools are a very important community facility and it’s great to hear that the Government has approved the development of a new school to serve the families living in Trent Basin.”

The six-phase riverside development at Trent Basin is central to Nottingham’s flagship 250-acre Waterside regeneration area that intends to transform the north bank of the River Trent from Trent Bridge to the city boundary.

Trent Basin will create a new community of 250 low energy homes including tall canal-style townhouses, apartments, three and four-bedroom homes and complete the regeneration of a concrete basin formerly used for unloading cargo by Trent barges.

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