Work has begun to build much needed affordable homes in Hengrove, South Bristol. We have appointed award-winning house builder, The Hill Group, to deliver the first phase of new homes at Hengrove Park.
Councillor Tom Renhard, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, joined directors from Hill and Goram Homes to break ground at the development on Monday 10th October.
There are over 4,000 households in the south of the city on the housing register. This first stage of development will address the need for affordable one and two-bedroom properties in the area, helping to get people off the housing register and into homes. The 53 affordable apartments to be built by Hill include 27 for social rent and 26 for shared ownership.
Half of the 1,430 homes planned for the wider former-airport site will be affordable. This forms part of Bristol City Council’s commitment to deliver 1000 new affordable homes each year by 2024. Future development phases will also include training and employment opportunities for local residents, in partnership with the neighbouring South Bristol Skills Academy.
Cllr Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes, comments:
“This marks the start of a flagship development for South Bristol, which will go on to deliver much-needed new homes for our city. By working together, we can develop high-quality, sustainable homes on council land. This will help more of our citizens access social housing and give more options for affordable home ownership too.”
The masterplan for this project also includes new commercial and office spaces, a community centre, sports pavilion, scout hut, an energy centre and the expansion of local transport options.
Stephen Baker, Managing Director at Goram Homes comments:
“Hengrove Park will be a highly sustainable residential development, with affordable homes in the numbers our city really needs. We’ll also improve local infrastructure, introduce new sustainable transport options and build community facilities to benefit local people. We look forward to engaging with the community as these plans progress.”
Andy Fancy, Managing Director at The Hill Group, comments:
“We are proud to have been selected to work in partnership with Goram Homes to build these homes in Bristol. Today marks the first milestone on site as we break ground to create this exciting new residential quarter.
“We look forward to exploring future ways we can apply our strong expertise in delivering extensive regeneration projects to support the local community and to continue our excellent partnership with Goram Homes and Bristol City Council, helping them achieve their ambitious housebuilding targets for the area.”