MAYOR OF BRISTOL MARKS START OF CONSTRUCTION OF 375 NEW CITY-CENTRE HOMES AT CASTLE PARK VIEW
A ‘first pile’ ceremony has been held to mark the start of construction at Castle Park View, the landmark 26-storey residential tower in Bristol City Centre. The ceremony was hosted by Bouygues UK, the contractor delivering the project, and attended by the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, along with representatives from the five partners on the project, Linkcity, Bristol City Council, Homes England, M&G Real Estate and Yarlington Housing Group.
The ceremony marked the first pouring of concrete on the site, following preparatory works that began earlier in the year. Developed by Linkcity and built by Bouygues UK, the scheme will include Bristol’s tallest residential tower when complete in 2022.
Overlooking Castle Park in the centre of Bristol, Castle Park View is an 180,000 sq ft regeneration scheme that will provide 375 new homes on the site of a former ambulance station. The project was designed by architects Chapman Taylor.
The project is being led by government housing agency Homes England on brownfield land it owns jointly with Bristol City Council. The project follows extensive work by the housing agency, the council and Linkcity to develop the site. Long-term investors in the south-west, M&G Real Estate, will own and manage 300 one and two-bedroom private rented sector homes as part of its UK residential property fund. Yarlington Housing Group will take ownership and operational oversight of the remaining 75 affordable homes, comprising one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
Rob Bradley, CEO of Bouygues UK, the main contractor of the project and the sister company of developer Linkcity, said: “As a group, we have been involved in Castle Park View for a long time. Today is an important milestone in our journey, marking the moment that the project starts to come to life. This regeneration of a brownfield site will provide a considerable number of high-quality new homes for Bristol, and we can’t wait to see the transformative impact this scheme will have across the area. It has been a pleasure to work with Bristol City Council and all our other partners to get to this exciting point.”
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “Castle Park View is a key project for Bristol. When complete, this will be a landmark development for the city, transforming an unused city-centre plot into 375 desperately needed new homes. By working together we have been able to increase the amount of affordable housing on the site from 12% to 20%. Working with our partners, we are committed to providing a diverse mix of housing to make it affordable for all to live and work here.”
Adam Frontczak, Development Manager – Public Sector Land at Homes England, added: “It’s exciting to see work begin on these much needed homes for Bristol. The development of Castle Park View really highlights how Homes England is working with ambitious partners to deliver imaginative design, affordable homes and help diversify the housing market with the provision of Private Rented Sector housing.”
Stephen Lodge, Executive Director of Growth & Development at Yarlington, said: “Yarlington Housing Group is proud to be a part of this exciting development, involving such a landmark building. The ceremony marks a significant milestone in its development and it’s great to be delivering affordable homes in such a prestigious location. This scheme is part of Yarlington’s geographical expansion into Bristol to help solve the UK’s housing crisis.”
Alex Greaves, Head of Residential Investment at M&G Real Estate, concluded: “This is one of the best build-to-rent schemes we have seen in this country. We are very pleased to be working with Bristol City Council, Bouygues UK and Linkcity on this project which exciting project, which increases our regional exposure and complements our neighbouring build-to-rent scheme in Bath.”