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Trent Basin is an ambitious waterside development project located on the banks of the River Trent opposite the Lady Bay Nature Reserve. The aim is to build a waterside community located midway between Nottingham city centre and the countryside. Alpha Rail has been sub-contracted to manufacture, supply and install protective river edge balustrade for the river basin as well as juliette balconies for the waterside properties.

Inspired by Blueprint and Nottingham City Council, this waterside development will consist of tall canal style houses and apartments that complement the scenic views offered by the site location.

galvanized and powder coated juliette balconies

Phase one of the project is complete and will initially provide 45 low energy family homes due. Over the next few years, another 350 low energy apartments and family homes will be built by main contractors Willmott Partnership Homes Limited.

Alpha Rail was contracted by Willmott Partnership Homes to manufacture, supply and install steel balustrade for the edge of the waterfront basin. The barrier comprises upright posts that have been angled to lean in towards land. Stainless steel circular hollow section rails are mounted at three different height positions create a perimeter boundary that both deter the public from leaning over too far in to the basin, whilst also not obstructing the view of the river basin.

Riverside balustrade at Trent Basin in Nottingham

Riverside balustrade at Trent Basin in Nottingham

The waterfront properties are multi-storey, and Alpha Rail has supplied its Byron Juliette balcony to help prevent residence falling from height. The Juliet balconies were fixed to the outer walls of upper floor apartments that had full length French window style openings.

All barrier metalwork provided was galvanised and supplied polyester powder coated in RAL 7001 grey.

galvanized and powder coated juliette balconies


Shaun Moses from Willmott Partnership Homes said “Alpha Rail acted professionally throughout the project and had a very proactive approach towards health and safety whilst working on site. Everyone was co-operative and this helped to ensure works completed on time.”

Commenting on behalf of Alpha Rail, Phil Ball said “It has been a privilege to be a part of such a revolutionary project. Trent Basin will become England’s first zero carbon village, so it was imperative for Alpha Rail to provide quality metalwork which retains the aesthetics of the area whilst reducing the risk that visitors and residents could fall into the River Trent basin.”

In June 2018, the development won the “Residential Development of the Year” category in the Midlands Insider Residential Property Awards.

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