Work has started on a new community with 350 new homes on the site of a former college campus in South Bristol.
The development is a partnership between UK homebuilder Keepmoat Homes and the largest housing association in the south west, LiveWest, on the former Hartcliffe College campus site.
Construction has now begun on two, three and four-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments, with almost a third of the new properties to be available through social rent or shared ownership schemes.
The site, which was owned by Bristol City Council, was granted planning permission in July and the first residents are expected to be able to move into their new homes in the summer next year.
Richard Young, technical director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We are thrilled to be starting work on the first phase of the development at Hartcliffe. This development will transform the local area, bringing much-needed housing to the community.
“We have created an excellent partnership with Live West and Bristol City Council, and we are looking forward to creating an attractive neighbourhood which hundreds of people will call home.”
Russell Baldwinson, LiveWest’s executive director of development, said: “We are delighted that work has commenced at Hartcliffe. The development will provide a wide range of homes, including much needed affordable housing in an attractive, exciting and vibrant new setting.
“Working with Keepmoat Homes and Bristol City Council, we have had a common goal of creating a high-quality new housing development which will provide our customers with a great place to live.”
One feature of the new community will be its commitment to the environment, with a wildflower “pollinator park”, a wildlife corridor and 450 new trees. A swarm of blue butterflies that already call the land home have been relocated to a patch nearby while building work is underway.
Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “We are delighted to be involved with a project that addresses one of our city’s most urgent priorities – building more housing, particularly affordable homes in areas that need it the most.
“We want to make Bristol a city where everyone has a safe roof over their heads, and we cannot do that without developments like this.”
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