Plans approved for The Old Brewery

Tue 9 April 2019, 9:25 am

A disused brewery in Southville is to be transformed into homes, workspaces and retail units, after planning permission for a new development was granted by Bristol City Council.

Work is set to start at The Old Brewery, which is a 0.5-ha brownfield site between North Street, Ashton Road, Baynton Road and Durnford Street.

It is a joint venture between Change Real Estate and Cannon Family Office, which will have 94 new homes, including 16 properties marked as affordable, nine shared ownership, and seven homes for social rental.

The homes will be combined with 2,000sq m of co-working and commercial space.

The Old Brewery has been designed by architect Nash Partnership, and will centre around two landscaped courtyards. The first will link North Street to other parts of the development, and the second will be a private, green space for use by residents. 

The developer will also work with Upfest, Europe’s largest free street art festival, on public art in the area.

The Old Brewery will have a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as two three-bedroom houses, parking for 41 cars, and storage for 202 bicycles. The development will also include fully accessible communal and public areas. 

Ron Persaud, director at Change Real Estate, said: “This is a hugely exciting development that is going to be a great addition to the characterful North Street. 

“We hope the development will become a natural gateway from Ashton into Southville and an integral part of the community in Southville. 

“We’ve worked hard with Bristol City Council to agree a scheme that provides a mix of market and affordable housing in an attractive, courtyard setting, alongside co-working space which we know will be welcomed by startups and small businesses in this part of Bristol, who would rather work locally than travel into the centre of Bristol.

“We’re delighted that Bristol City Council has consented to the scheme, following a constructive dialogue with planners and local community groups from day one, to develop an approach to meet everyone’s aspirations.

“We’re now looking to forward to progressing plans for the co-working space, and food and beverage operators who will front onto North Street.”

The area’s industrial heritage will be considered during the design of the site and buildings of historical interest such as the Bristol Byzantine Weighbridge House, the Gatehouse and its stone gate piers will be kept, while the Brewery Manager’s House will be rebuilt.

Jo Davis, managing director of planning, development and regeneration at Avison Young in Bristol, led the development’s planning team and said: “The scheme delivers true regeneration – fantastic placemaking with high quality architecture and public realm, new flexible employment space to deliver new jobs and economic development and social investment through affordable homes.

“Importantly, these aren’t just apartments but family homes in a mix of social rented and shared ownership. Managing urban change and delivering high quality homes on brownfield sites is Avison Young’s USP and we’re delighted to have led the planning on this scheme.”   

The development is planned for completion by the end of 2020.