When burying your plans is all part of the plan

15 June 2017
The time capsule and invited guests ready for burial

The time capsule and invited guests

Councillor Morris and a Crabtree Farm Primary pupil try their hands with the digger

Councillor Morris and a Crabtree Farm Primary pupil try their hands with the digger

The original drawings for 17 one and two bedroom bungalows, currently under construction on the site of the former Lord Nelson pub in Bulwell, are amongst items placed in a time capsule which was buried on the site in a special ceremony on 7 June.

The scheme, being built for Nottingham based housing association Tuntum, was made feasible thanks to POD’s development consultancy work, which included buying and funding the site. It was part financed by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, secured through Tuntum’s membership of the Blue Skies Consortium - for whom POD are the preferred development consultancy. It was designed by Pelham Architects, the in-house architects of Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), and built by Chesterfield based constructors Starfish Group.

To mark the development, Bulwell born Councillor Jackie Morris buried the time capsule, assisted by pupils from nearby Crabtree Farm Primary School, who added drawings, photos and postcards to its contents.

Councillor Morris reflected on how the development matches local housing need. “I am genuinely thrilled that you’ve done this project, it’s absolutely perfect for this area,” she said. “We’re desperate for bungalows here and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished properties.”

Tuntum CEO Richard Renwick said: “Tuntum is really pleased to be able to deliver these quality homes for the community in Bulwell. This development is an example of an excellent partnership between all of the agencies involved.”

Commenting on the event, Starfish CEO Martin Gerrelli said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome everyone, especially the children and staff from the local school, who added some great work to the capsule. We’re looking forward to handing the site over very soon.”

Richard Vickery, Head of Development Delivery and Programme for NCHA and Blue Skies Consortium echoed this: “It’s been such a pleasure to see the children here today. Hopefully in years to come they will see people living happily in these new homes and know that they had an involvement in the build. It’s been a fantastic way to engage the local community.”

Work commenced in January 2017 and is on target to be completed in September. Meanwhile the time capsule is scheduled to be opened by the Sheriff of Nottingham in 2067…