Vibrant development transforming East Bristol - as well as southern suburbs
17 May 2018 by Katie Ciechorska
Developers are looking East in the latest move to revamp some of Bristol’s longest established suburbs.
Helm Construction Chief Executive Gary Sheppard believes the eastern axis from the city centre to Redfield and Fishponds and on out through Hanham and Kingswood could see the same level of improvement as seen across the city in Southville, Totterdown and Bedminster.
He said: “Ten years ago the largely run-down areas immediately south of the river consisted of tired and derelict commercial property interspersed with highly compacted homes in less than desirable locations.
“Now, these areas of South Bristol are some of the most popular and vibrant areas of the city – and we are already seeing the same effect on the main eastern axis out of Bristol.”
Here, old and abandoned commercial areas and under used plots are being replaced with much needed new housing.
Helm Construction is just one of a number of Bristol builders who are active on several key sites.
“East Bristol is being restored from the inside out with new commercial and residential developments replacing and upgrading some fairly tired looking locations.”
Looking east from the city centre, Helm Construction is active on a site on Newfoundland Road near the M32 on behalf of a development company. The project will deliver ten four-bedroom properties on a vacant plot.
Further up the road at Fishponds, Helm Construction has recently completed twelve apartments and one maisonette on a former garage plot belonging to and on behalf of Williams Autos.
“This is a typical inner city suburban commercial plot. Access to the site was very restrictive due to the narrow lane entrance situated between blocks of flats.
“The finished properties come with full gas central heating, underfloor heating, and solar panels on the roof. There is also a private entrance for added security.”