Mayor inspects Blackberry Hill progress

By Natalie Vincent - Fri 5 October 2018, 3:54 pm

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees joined developers and partners on a site visit to Blackberry Hill in Fishponds on 1 October, to watch the transformation of the former hospital into 346 homes.

Organised by developer Galliford Try Partnerships, the event was also attended by Bristol City Council's cabinet member for housing, Councillor Paul Smith, local ward councillors Nicola Bowden-Jones and Lesley Alexander, as well as representatives from Homes England and Sovereign Housing Association, which will manage the 100 affordable housing units.

Rees said: "With 100 affordable homes and a high percentage of expected first time buyers, Blackberry Hill absolutely fits in with what the council has set out to achieve – building quality homes for people that they can afford to live in. It’s a great outcome for the city and shows our commitment to getting homes built."

The regeneration of Blackberry Hill Hospital received planning permission from Bristol City Council last year. As well as homes, the project will also create retail and start-up business units, a community building and green spaces for residents. The former hospital features historic buildings which are Grade-II listed; a number of them held French prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars.

Stephen Teagle, chief executive of Galliford Try Partnerships, said: "This project really is about true partnership and regeneration. On the one hand, we’ve come together with the council, Homes England and Sovereign to unlock the true value of the site, and on the other we are using our regeneration expertise to transform these redundant buildings into a fantastic new community."