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Arundel Road, Bishopston

Project: Development of four new detached/semi-detached luxury houses
Client: Clifton Homes
Contract Value: £590,000

The Challenge

Bishopston is situated around the Gloucester Road (A38), the main northern arterial road in the city. It’s given its name after the bishop of the local diocese who controversially sold off the church’s land to private developers in the early 19th century. In the 2001 census Bishopston registered a resident population of 11,996. The district is part of the Bristol built-up area, having been swallowed by the growing city, running directly into the surrounding districts of Redland, Ashley Down, Horfield and Henleaze. The main artery, Gloucester Road is well known for its pubs and restaurants, and is known as one of the last remaining local high streets in the country and is well used by local residents. In addition to the independently run shops such as Scoopaway, La Ruca, Gardener's Patch and Harvest, recent years has seen several supermarket chains opening stores in the area. This, and the range of fairly traded and local goods available, has made it popular with ecologically-minded shoppers. Bishopston is home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, located off Nevil Road. The ground's capacity has been increased to hold international cricket matches. This project called for two new detached and a pair of semi-detached dwellings on a tricky former garage site in Arundel Road, Bristol.

The Solution

Helm undertook ground works which included dealing with contaminants and remediation works. Access and product supply were hampered by the narrow roads leading to the development. Significant gas, electricity and water infrastructure had to be installed due to the distance of services from the new dwellings. 

The Result

All of the properties featured solar photovoltaic systems, wood burning stoves and timber framed sash windows. The ‘turn-key’ project was delivered to the client at the end of September fully decorated throughout. All four units were sold off plan.