£11m mixed housing development set for Bristol
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Housing developer Lovell has signed contracts for an £11 million mixed tenure housing development on the site of a former hospital in Bristol.
The deal will see 79 houses and apartments built on the five-acre site on Brentry Lane, with construction set to start in summer 2014.
Sixty-four of the new homes will be for open market sale by Lovell, while 15 homes will be for social rent and shared ownership through Knightstone Housing Association.
The land was acquired by Lovell from NHS Property Services with planning consent for up to 80 homes. It been empty for more than a decade after the Brentry Hospital closed in 2000.
The scheme will create 38 two, three and four-bed houses and 20 new-build apartments for open market sale.
In addition, Lovell will create six apartments for sale by refurbishing Phoenix House, an existing building which formed part of the old hospital and dates from the late 19th/early 20th century.
The affordable homes for Knightstone will comprise six two, three and four bed houses and six two-bed apartments for social rent, and three two and three-bed houses for shared ownership.
The design of the new development has been inspired by the ‘garden village’ architecture characteristic of the Brentry area.
Lovell's regional director, David Gough, said: “We’re delighted to have acquired this site which enjoys a superb location and we look forward to building this exciting development of high-specification stylish new-build houses and apartments. As well as creating much-needed open market properties for sale and new affordable homes, we are also excited to be helping Phoenix House ‘rise’ again through its refurbishment into brand-new apartments.”
Caroline Hughes, regional development manager at Knightstone, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Lovell on this development, bringing much needed new affordable homes to Bristol, including new family homes. Our shared ownership properties will help people who are struggling to buy homes of their own on the open market.”
The energy-efficient properties will exceed the environmental performance standards set down in Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, and will incorporate sustainable technology such as photovoltaic roof panels on some homes.
As part of the development, Lovell will create a dedicated area for wildlife.