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Holmes Grove, Henleaze

Project: Construction of two, three storey, semi-detached luxury properties
Client: The Watts Trust
Contract Value: £376,000

The Challenge

Henleaze is a northern suburb of the city of Bristol in the South West. It is an almost entirely residential inter-war development, with Edwardian streets on its southern fringes. Its main neighbours are Westbury on Trym, Horfield, Bishopston and Redland. Henleaze is also the name of a ward for Bristol City Council, which includes Golden Hill and Westbury Park as well as Henleaze. The name Henleaze derives from Robert Henley, who in 1659 bought a property which later became known as Henleaze Park. The area was a rural part of the parish of Westbury on Trym until 1896, when land between Henleaze Road and Durdham Down was sold for development. Most of the rest of the area was developed in the 1920s. Helm were tasked with the demolition of four existing garages and constructing a pair of new three storey, traditionally built, semi-detached dwellings located on Holmes Grove. The homes were built over three levels with a garage and a kitchen diner on the ground floor, living room on the first floor and three/four bedrooms on the second floor.

The Solution

Helm undertook ground works which included dealing with the demolition of four garages which previously existed on the site at Holmes Grove. The properties were constructed by including insulated cavity walls, timber upper floors, aluminium double glazing and gas central heating system.

The Result

Both of these properties featured an Enterview 5 Video Door Entry System installed, and a Velux Integra Control Pad fitted which operates the skylight windows at the top of the properties. The installation of bi-folding doors on the ground floor at the rear of both of the properties allowed the open plan kitchen/dining room to open up leading onto the garden. The kitchen/dining room was fully fitted with all Bosch appliances. The properties were delivered to the client fully decorated throughout in May 2015.

With development land at a premium it is essential we make the most of space like this. The land was taken up with four dilapidated garages typical of semi-derelict sites around Bristol. The design was very much in keeping with the Henleaze street scene. We received a lot of positivity throughout the build from neighbours and residents who were relieved to see the derelict garages replaced.

Jon Ticehurst, Director