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[ISOVER BLOG] We recently went on a tour of the Trent Basin site that is being used for the Saint-Gobain Isover Architectural Student Design Competition 2012

The visit gave us the opportunity to get a better feel of the area and also to create a video for the students taking part so they too could get a clearer understanding of the site.

Located on the banks of the River Trent; just a short walk from the city centre, the site has the potential to be transformed into a beautiful place to live. With views across the river and impressive historic buildings that could be converted into thriving social hubs, the Trent Basin site has so many positives going for it.

The competition brief is for students to design a sustainable community living plan for between 12-15 families. The homes must achieve the criteria of the Saint-Gobain Isover Multi-Comfort House concept and as well as incorporating new build homes students can also look at refurbishing the old grain store building that will remain on the site, giving it a new lease of life for future generations.

The tour was led by Nick Ebbs, chief executive of Blueprint and one of this year’s competition judges. He talked about the site, showing us key areas as well as explaining the history and the potential of the area. He also gave entrants some helpful hints and tips to think about when putting together their designs.

The video of the tour, along with a lecture about Passivhaus given by Mark Allen our technical development manager, are now available and I would strongly recommend watching them as they really give a good feel for the site and its potential.

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