Search for Hengrove Park Development Partner starts soon: Hengrove Boulevard (C) Bristol City Council

19 Mar 2021

Search for Hengrove Park Development Partner starts soon

Bristol City Council is launching the search for a partner to help deliver its flagship housing development.

The development of Hengrove Park, Bristol City Council’s major south Bristol housing development, promises to deliver 1,435 new homes, at least 30% of which will be affordable housing.

The next phase of the project is to start the search for a Development Partner.

The Hengrove Park project is the council’s biggest housebuilding scheme and is a major investment into south Bristol. Alongside new homes, the project will deliver 12,000m2 of new employment, commercial, retail, education and community space, a new high-quality public park, and sports pitches.

The two-stage procurement process will see bidders judged against strict criteria, ultimately leading to a shortlist of candidates being evaluated before a final partner is selected.

To ensure the selected development partner meets the council’s commitment to sustainable, inclusive development that meets the needs of the local and city community, the criteria against which bidders’ proposals will be evaluated will include:

  • Achieving exemplary development quality and place-making, to deliver excellent new homes, community buildings, retail and employment space and a high-quality new public park
  • Environmentally sustainable, low-carbon development
  • Working collaboratively with local people, community groups and businesses
  • Social Value, to deliver outcomes that benefit the whole community, including significant training and employment opportunities for local people.

As part of the Development Agreement between the council and the successful applicant, the new park will be permanently maintained as a public park accessible to everyone.

The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “Securing a Development Partner for Hengrove Park is the next step towards delivering the new homes and wider redevelopment of the area.  By finding a partner that shares our social and environmental values, and our commitment to delivering a high-quality new neighbourhood which fosters community and becomes a great place to live, the project will bring a range of benefits to south Bristol.  

“The re-development of Hengrove Park will deliver 1400 well-designed, sustainable new homes, at least 30% of which will be genuinely Affordable Housing, alongside new community facilities and green spaces. 

“The project will also deliver significant investment into the local community, including over 500 jobs per annum over the lifetime of the development, contributing to the post-Covid economic recovery of South Bristol and benefitting the whole city for years to come.”

Following the selection of a Development Partner, the redevelopment of Hengrove Park will be delivered in phases over the next 5 to 10 years in accordance with the overall Masterplan, with the first phase of around 250 new homes expected to start on site in 2022.