01 Mar 2016

Housing and Planning

South Bristol housing development moves a step closer

A major new £50m housing development in south Bristol, which could see hundreds of properties being built, has moved a step closer.

Bristol City Council has selected Kier Living as its partner to develop 12.7 hectares of land at Hengrove Park, off Whitchurch Lane. 

The development of the site for housing is part of phase one of the Park’s regeneration - the first three elements of which included the City of Bristol Academy, Hengrove Leisure Centre, which was delivered by Kier Construction in 2012, and the South Bristol Community Hospital, completed in 2011. 

Kier Living’s successful bid includes a proposal for about 259 homes, ranging from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses, with 30% affordable housing. The scheme is subject to public consultation and planning consent.  

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is great news and finally unlocks Bristol’s biggest remaining opportunity for new family homes in the south of the city. I’m delighted that we are going to be working in partnership with the private sector to deliver over 250 houses and flats, including 78 much-needed affordable homes.  

“This development is the first phase of a plan to regenerate Hengrove Park with hundreds more homes and landscaped park that will attract new investment and services to the area.

“The proposals demonstrate Kier’s commitment to working with us, bringing quality and sustainable housing which will boost the credentials of this area of south Bristol as a great place to work and live.”

Chris King, managing director of Kier Living’s central operations, commented on the company’s selection: “Kier has a proud history in delivering regeneration projects in Hengrove Park, having previously worked with Bristol City Council on the successful Hengrove Leisure Centre scheme. We are delighted to continue this relationship as the developer partner for this priority strategic development opportunity. Working closely with our partners and other local stakeholders we aim to create a vibrant and sustainable community centred new neighbourhood, which will enhance the lives of the residents and visitors alike.”

Bristol City Council, which owns the freehold for the site, appointed Jones Lang La Salle (JLL) to market the site and assist with evaluating bids.


Notes to Editor
Hengrove Phase 1 is located off Whitchurch Lane.  
The site forms part of Hengrove Phase 1 regeneration area. Other parts of Phase 1 successfully developed include the City of Bristol College, which lies to the east of the site, Hengrove Leisure Centre to the north and to the south, and Bristol Community Hospital to the north-east.
Designs for the site will be developed over the next few months with a target of April 2016 to submit the scheme for planning permission.

About Kier Living

Kier Living, the residential division of the Kier Group, brings together specialist housing skills in contracting, affordable housing partnerships and private market housing. It offers end-to-end expertise in the development cycle, from land assembly and funding through to sales support, aftercare management and maintenance. 

Working in partnership with registered providers, government agencies, local authorities and the private sector, Kier Living creates aspirational and regenerated communities and brings fresh thinking to the design and delivery of housing solutions.

- Delivers 2,200 units per year. By 2020 this will increase to 4,000 homes every year
- Kier Living delivers over 2 million sq ft of residential space every year
- 50% of the homes delivered by Kier Living each year are affordable homes or starter homes
- Kier Living is one of very few UK builders to have won the Home Builders’ Federation prestigious 5* Award, with more than 90% of homeowners saying they would recommend Kier to a friend.

For more information please contact Jane Mason in the Kier Group PR team on 01767 355897 or jane.mason@kier.co.uk