12 Oct 2016

Housing and Planning

New Council Homes completed by Bristol City Council

When: Friday, October 14, 11.30am.

Who: Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities Cllr Paul Smith will meet new tenants moving into the properties.

Where: 42 Kingsmarsh Way, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 0FN

A further phase of the construction project to build new council homes across the city has now been completed.

Two more housing developments, which have been project managed by Bristol City Council, are now finished. The homes are part of the council’s New Build Housing Programme which began in 2014, regenerating brownfield sites, to provide new high quality homes across the city.

One of the developments, in Fishponds, will provide four new family homes, while the other development in Lawrence Hill is currently partially completed, providing five family homes with a further eight due for completion in November.

As part of the new build programme a further 11 sites are under construction at present, which will provide a further 65 homes by May 2017.

The first phase of homes will provide much needed accommodation for larger families. Later phases are likely to focus on smaller homes but in each case the houses provided will be based on the need in that part of Bristol.

Many of the sites being built on make good use of disused housing land including ex-garage sites that have become uneconomical to rent or fallen into disrepair.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “The shortage of adequate housing is one of the biggest issues facing the city and I have pledged to build 2,000 homes a year by 2020, 800 of which will be affordable homes.   

“We are not just building houses, we are trying to build communities where people feel they belong.

“Although every house is important, we need to do all we can to accelerate our build programme to try and address this chronic short-fall. We have put a halt to the sale of land and 1,700 new homes will be built on the land we free up – this will include 60 council owned houses.”

In the first phase of the project the homes are being built to traditional methods, with all being designed with adaptability in mind to suit future needs of the tenants.

The properties are also low carbon, and built to high environmental quality standards, meeting level four of the former Code for Sustainable Homes.

Some of the Phase two developments will see the council building homes to ‘Passivhaus‘ standards. This will result in extremely energy efficient properties which will see household utility bills dramatically reduced.

Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: "These homes are another small contribution to meeting Bristol's housing need. We are seeking to dramatically increase the number of new homes which are affordable to rent for the people of Bristol.

“This will be achieved through council homes like these, as well as housing associations and community led organizations working with the council on council owned land to tackle our housing crisis in a way which is sensitive to the needs of local communities.

“In 2017 we will be reviewing who gets social housing to ensure our processes are fair and provide balanced neighbourhoods.”

The council has just appointed Keir Living ltd as construction partners for a further phase of the programme to design and build new social housing which will provide over 45 new homes at Monsdale Close and Richeson Close in Henbury.

It is expected that public consultation with the Henbury community will begin soon.

To keep up to date with the developments visit www.bristol.gov.uk/newcouncilhomes

Note to Editors:

  • The four homes in Fishponds were constructed by Oakland Construction, and the homes in Lawrence Hill by Halsall Construction.
  • Code for Sustainable Homes: The Code for Sustainable Homes was an environmental assessment rating method for new homes which assesses environmental performance in a two-stage process (design stage and post construction stage) using objective criteria and verification. The Code which has now been discontinued provides councils with a useful benchmark to assess the performance rating of new homes from Level one to Level six, against nine sustainability criteria which are combined to assess the overall environmental impact.
  • Passivhaus Standards:  Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling.  These buildings achieve a 75% reduction in space heating requirements, compared to standard practice for UK new build. The new build homes are built with meticulous attention to detail and rigorous design and construction according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany.