A historic dye works and laundry factory in St Werburghs that has been derelict for years is being transformed into new £40million housing development – and the first homes have been launched this week.
Brooks Dye Works was a Victorian family-owned factory that ran for 135 years, but it closed in 1997.
The four-acre industrial site is now being turned into a development of 79 two, three and four-bedroom homes, each with a private balcony or terrace, green open space and direct access to the adjacent Mina Road Park.
Developers Acorn Property Group and Galliard Homes are behind the huge regeneration project, which is expected to be ready for residents in spring 2021.
Galliard and Acorn have transformed the site since construction began in 2019, with the new homes drawing inspiration from the area’s industrial heritage.
The properties are being built by local construction firm Halsall and the original dye works chimney will be a focal point of the new scheme.
David Galman, sales director at Galliard Homes, said: “Brooks Dye Works is the thoughtful reimagination of a historic dyeworks, set to bring sought-after contemporary homes to the area. Bristol’s property market is in particular need of well-designed houses given the prominence of flats in the area.”
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Each property will have an open-plan living area, allocated parking or a private garage, with further visitor parking available, according to the developers.
Buyers are also able to tailor aspects of their home including the kitchen units, choice of floor covering and tile colour, and the built-in Magnet kitchens come with appliances from appliance manufacturer Smeg.
The homes are built using renewable timber frame construction, according to the developers, and will include smart meters, a sustainable drainage system, double-glazed argon gas-filled windows, secure cycle storage, and electric charging points for some homes.
Robin Squire, regional managing director at Acorn Property Group’s Bristol Office, said: “It is a delight to see the site brought back to life by the new development.”
First release prices for a three-bedroom duplex with garage start from £375,000, with three-bedroom houses from £435,000, and four bedroom-houses from £485,000.
Melanie Fernandes, new homes manager at Ocean estate agents added: “Brooks Dye Works is set to rejuvenate the area of St Werburghs, bringing high-quality homes and new life to the area.
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“In recent years Bristol has seen a wealth of new developments offering apartments, but little to address the demand for larger properties.
“Even the traditional houses in St Werburghs, that tend to be two-up-two-down don’t quite meet family requirements and there is now a real need amongst locals, something that Brooks Dye Works will help address.”