Goram Homes, Bristol City Council’s housing company, has exchanged contracts with regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships at Romney House in Bristol – a new development of 268 homes.
Formerly the location of Lockleaze School, the site bridges Lockleaze and a new development at Cheswick Village to the north. The site is also adjacent to Stoke Park, a Grade II Listed historic parkland.
The site represents the first of two new developments for Goram Homes, and 55% of the scheme will be affordable housing delivered for Bristol City Council.
Homes will range from one bed flats to four bed family houses, with a mix of tenures including social rent and shared ownership, helping to attract a range of new residents and giving people a genuine chance to get on the housing ladder.
At the heart of the development is a new community park, which will play a key role for the neighbourhood. The park will help form a wildlife corridor from Stoke Park through to Concorde Way and contribute to achieving the Council’s vision of a greener Bristol.
Steve Baker, Managing Director of Goram Homes, said: “Our vision for Bristol is high quality, well designed homes in great locations surrounded by amazing green spaces. Vistry Partnerships are the ideal partner to deliver our first development in Lockleaze with their strong record of regeneration and knowledge of the city. Working hand in hand with Bristol City Council, this is just the beginning of our plans to transform housing for Bristol and deliver 2500 new homes by 2025.”
Craig Currie, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships West, said: “We are thrilled to reach this milestone and for work to now get underway. We’re proud of the reputation we’ve developed in Bristol for regenerating redundant land, transforming these places into high quality new communities that provide genuine opportunities for local people to live in them. Romney House is no different – working with Goram Homes we’re creating a new community with more than 140 affordable homes, alongside a new park which will greatly improve the quality of life for people living in and visiting the area.”
Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bristol City Council, said: “I am delighted that this partnership has been formalised, and that work is underway to provide some much needed new housing for Lockleaze.
“We are doing everything we can to accelerate the building of housing across the city, especially creating new affordable homes. Goram Homes is helping to achieve this ambition and is ensuring that good quality homes are built to best suit the needs of the local community.”
Founded in 2018 by Bristol City Council, Goram Homes seeks to increase the provision of new homes in the city and to meet affordable housing requirements without compromising on build quality. It will achieve this by working in partnership, creating opportunities for apprenticeships and work experience and using local labour and local supply chain partners wherever possible.
Goram’s ambition is to develop 2,500 homes across the city by 2025. In doing so it will focus on a number of key priorities:
- To build high-quality, well-designed homes.
- To build homes that are environmentally sustainable for the future.
- To create safe, integrated communities where people want to live.
- To generate local employment and training opportunities.
Vistry Partnerships is a leading regeneration specialist fusing contracting, land led solutions and mixed tenure housing delivery. The business has a strong track record of successfully delivering projects in Bristol and is currently delivering more than 700 mixed tenure homes across the city, including flagship schemes in Temple Quay and Blackberry Hill Hospital.