About us2021-09-24T14:16:15+01:00

Who we are

We are a Bristol-based housing company.

We are a commercial company with community at the heart of our values.

We work in partnership with the private sector to build sustainable, affordable homes that create communities, respect the environment and contribute to the local economy.

Alongside our development partners, Bristol City Council and local residents, we aim to build homes that transform where and how people live.

Goram Homes is a subsidiary of Bristol Holding Ltd, which is wholly owned by Bristol City Council.

What we do

The way we work, and our values reflect our origins and our purpose.


We want to contribute to the wellbeing of our city and the lives of people who live here.

Wherever we build homes, we will work with local residents to address their needs, support economic growth and strengthen communities.


The climate emergency, declared by Bristol in 2018, demands action and leadership across the construction industry.

We are committed to all our sites having increased biodiversity and carbon neutral homes.

And we have signed up to the RIBA climate challenge and Building with Nature Standards to ensure our developments really deliver for people and wildlife.


We welcome new ways of working and innovation that delivers the right results.

Our focus is on finding the best solutions to deliver our homes most effectively, whether that is adopting Modern Methods of Construction or using new technology to reach more people.

Where we started

Goram Homes was set up by Bristol City Council to build quality homes where they are needed the most.

Our name is rooted in the local myth of two giants, Goram and Vincent, which tells the story of Bristol’s foundations and some of our most iconic sites.

Goram Homes will build on Bristol’s historic foundations to shape it for future generations. Our homes are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable to reflect our city’s values today.

We work with the people of Bristol, for the people of Bristol, to write the next chapter in Bristol’s history.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Goram Homes team was established in 2019 by Bristol City Council to build new homes in Bristol. You can find out more about our plans by looking at our Business Plan and the Goram Homes’ team here.

What is your business model?2021-09-24T11:50:02+01:00

Bristol City Council is our sole shareholder, but we are run as a commercial enterprise, with social objectives.

We form partnerships with private developers to deliver mixed developments of market sale and affordable homes.

Our primary source of sites is Bristol City Council. Once sites are agreed for development, Goram Homes acquires them from Bristol City Council at a fair market rate, using the most suitable funding mechanism for the site.

Our model allows Bristol City Council to generate a significant land value and a 50% share of profit – generated by private housing, affordable homes, and any commercial property.

Any profits could be kept to fund more new homes.

How are you funded?2021-09-24T11:38:16+01:00

Bristol City Council investment is agreed on a project-by-project basis, limited to agreed overall levels of investment, minimising financial risk for the council.

How are you governed?2021-09-24T11:38:58+01:00

Goram Homes is governed by our Board of Directors who are appointed by Bristol City Council. Our Business Plan is approved annually by our shareholder Bristol City Council.

What type of homes will Goram Homes build?2021-09-24T14:59:31+01:00

Goram Homes will build all types of homes, depending on the nature of the site, what homes already exist in the area and the need or demand for new homes. Our developments will include homes for sale, homes for rent socially and privately and flats and houses of different sizes. Any affordable housing is purchased at market value by either a housing association or Bristol City Council.

Our developments will always comply with the policies set out in Bristol City Council’s Local Plan.

What does “affordable housing” mean?2021-09-24T11:42:31+01:00

‘Affordability’ is a technical term defined in National Policy as social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Eligibility for these homes is determined by local incomes and local house prices.

You can find out more about affordable homes in Bristol here.

What are you doing to be sustainable?2021-09-24T11:44:57+01:00

We believe that the climate emergency demands urgent action and leadership across the construction industry. We know that net zero operational carbon is possible, and we are committed to extending good practice to all our future work and leading the way.

Goram Homes is committed to delivering increased biodiversity and carbon neutral housing. We have adopted the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Targets for operational energy use, embodied carbon, and water use reduction. We will also adopt the Building with Nature Standards – a framework of standards for good green infrastructure which encourages developers to create places that really deliver for people and wildlife.

What is your company mission and values?2021-09-24T11:48:52+01:00

Goram Homes works in partnership to build quality homes that create communities which are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Our values, reflect who we are and who we want to be:

  • We are passionate about what we do
  • We build partnerships with purpose
  • We innovate to succeed

You can read more about our company values and objectives in our Business Plan.

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