Southreef, Nottingham

Southreef, Nottingham

Key Facts

Year Completed




Floorplate Size

290000 sq. ft


Nottingham One

Build Type

New Build

Breeam Rating


BWB have had a long involvement in this stylish canal side apartment development. The original scheme went into administration in 2009, but work recommenced in 2013.

Canal Street is a mixed-use commercial and residential scheme comprising 290,000 sq ft of developmentwith two levels of basement parking. The site is constrained by the Nottinghamshire canal, inner public ring road and adjacent buildings all of which are within 3m from the new building. The local district heating main also passes under the tower structure and to avoid the huge relocation costs, the tower was designed as a cantilever at 2nd floor level.

Key Challenges

The building consists of a six storey terrace over the basement parking with street frontage; three six storey pavilion towers overlooking the canal; and a landmark 13 storey hotel tower.

The 2 storey basement is constructed 4.5m below the natural groundwater table and the basement car park is formed using a cofferdam sheet piled wall which required an extensive dewatering scheme. Adjacent buildings on the site boundary were monitored through this process to ensure the dewatering operations had no adverse affect on the structure.

The structural frame was constructed from traditional and post tensioned insitu concrete.

The 13 storey tower was designed using 3D finite element analysis.

BWB Key Contacts

Colin Langford
Colin Langford
Executive Director
Southreef, Nottingham

Southreef, Nottingham