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AHMM wins go-ahead for 161-home scheme for Kevin McCloud’s HAB

AHMM has bagged approval for this 161-home scheme in Southmead, Bristol, backed by TV presenter Kevin McCloud’s development company, HAB Housing

The competition-winning scheme by the Bristol office of the AJ100 big-hitter will sit on land owned by Bristol City Council on the site of the former Dunmail Primary School, which has lain empty for more than a decade.

Known as the Elderberry Walk, the proposed 11,965m² development features a range of homes from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses and has been designed around a central 20m-wide ‘green street’ linking the surrounding housing to the neighbouring park.

HAB is working on the £19.3 million scheme with Bristol-based housing association United Communities.

McCloud, who presents Channel 4’s popular Grand Designs programme, said: ‘We’re simply delighted to start our first project in our home city of Bristol; HAB Housing has been keen to deliver here ever since we moved into our Studio in the city a few years ago.

‘Urban regeneration can be beautiful, sustainable and affordable. And we are eager to crack on, and begin to shape a beautiful new quarter of Southmead.’

The project will feature 30 per cent affordable housing and an additional 25 per cent of ‘ethical private rent’ homes with longer leases and capped rents, which will be delivered by ’socially focused investor’ Bristol and Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) and the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund.

Speaking for the fund, Shamez Alibhai said: ‘This is the first time that a housing scheme has been funded as a collaboration between a national investment fund, a local community-minded investment company, and the council.

’Given the substantial house price and rental price inflation in the city, we’re pleased to be helping provide intermediate ethical market rent housing solutions for both key workers and other tenants that are sustainable over the longer term. In addition, this investment reflects the first multi-tenure development within Bristol and is a new funding model that could be replicated nationwide to help encourage greater provision of homes.’

The design team includes engineers Arup and landscape architects Clifton Emery Design and Churchman Landscape Architects.

Construction work is expected to start in October this year with the first homes available for occupation in late 2018 and final completion in 2020.



Information from: www.architectsjournal.co.uk

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