Goram Homes announce partners for first two housing projects.: Goram Homes

19 Dec 2019

Goram Homes announce partners for first two housing projects.

The development of more than 400 new homes in the city has moved a step closer after new private sector partners were announced by Bristol City Council’s housing company for its first two sites.

Goram Homes will team up with Galliford Try Partnerships on the Romney House development and with Hill on the Baltic Wharf site in the city to deliver the projects.

Goram’s first two schemes will be the former Romney House school site in Lockleaze and The Baltic Wharf Caravan Club site, which together will deliver approximately 430 new homes, nearly 50 per cent of which will be affordable.

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are doing everything we can to accelerate the building of housing across the city, especially affordable homes.

“Goram Homes is helping to achieve this ambition and is ensuring that good quality homes are built to best suit the needs of the local community.”

Stephen Baker, Managing Director of Goram Homes, said: “We’re delighted to be working on our first joint venture projects with Galliford Try Partnerships and Hill, it marks an important step in Goram’s journey to becoming a significant contributor of quality new homes in Bristol and we’re looking forward to commencing work on site during 2020.”

Galliford Try Partnerships have a track record of successfully delivering projects in Bristol, including developments at Blackberry Hill Hospital, Fishponds and Marksbury Road in Bedminster.

Demolition work on the 5.22 hectare Romney House site is expected to commence early in the new year, with the first of the 268 new homes being available from spring 2021. The development will deliver 55% affordable homes.

Craig Currie, Managing Director of Galliford Try Partnerships West, said: “We have a strong track record of delivering high-quality new and affordable homes throughout Bristol, working with the council and other partners to create sustainable new communities, so we’re extremely pleased to be working with Goram Homes at its flagship new development at Romney House.

“This new joint venture is a great example of the council’s innovative approach to getting more new homes built, and it perfectly matches our own ambitions as a leading regeneration specialist.”

Top 20 UK housebuilder Hill has built a reputation in the South East as a leading provider of distinctive, quality homes. The Baltic Wharf site will be their first development in Bristol and the South West of England.

A public consultation on the proposals for the development, which is likely to include around 165 new homes, around 66 of which will be affordable, as well as approximately 3,000 square feet of commercial space, will take place in February 2020.

Andy Hill, Chief Executive of Hill, said: “We’re delighted to be working on our first joint venture with Goram Homes in Bristol. Together, we’re creating an exciting new community that is inspired by the surrounding streetscape and harbourside history. The scheme will see the area transformed into a fantastic new waterside location, with a new public square, wildlife-friendly green spaces and commercial units that will add significant value to Baltic Wharf.

“We’re very excited to also be expanding our geography into the South West of England, building further on the successes we’ve had in the South East as a leading provider of distinctive, quality homes. It’s a very exciting time for our business and we’re looking forward to bringing many more homes to the region.”

Goram’s ambition is to develop 2,500 homes across the city by 2025. In doing so it will focus on a number of key priorities:

  • To build high-quality, well-designed homes.
  • To build homes that are environmentally sustainable for the future.
  • To create safe, integrated communities where people want to live.
  • To generate local employment and training opportunities.

Work on the next schemes that Goram will be taking forward is progressing at pace and the process to identify partners for these sites is likely to take place during 2020.

To find out more about Goram Homes visit https://www.goramhomes.co.uk/