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Bristol regeneration project to finally go ahead

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 13 November 2017 12:59

Bristol regeneration project to finally go ahead

A major regeneration project creating new homes in Stokes Croft in Bristol is finally going ahead.

City developers PG Group have acquired derelict Westmoreland House – a six-storey 1960s-built concrete-framed office block, which has been empty for 35 years and condemned as “an eyesore” by residents.

The deal also includes purchase of the adjoining Grade II listed Carriage Works building, which dates back to 1862 and is one of the West Country’s top-ten most at-risk heritages sites.

Development director Stuart Gaiger says demolition of Westmoreland House and the restoration of the Carriage Works façade will begin shortly and will create 112 new homes as well as a number of business units.

He said: “The Westmoreland House project will allow the company to continue breathing new life into the heart of the city.”

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The company acquired the site from London-based Fifth Capital, which were granted planning consent in July last year, he said.

Lori Streich, chair of the Carriageworks Action Group, welcomed the change of ownership.

“CAG set out a community-led vision for the site in 2011 and agreed that it would work with any company willing to develop the site in line with this,” she said.

“We look forward to continuing to build a constructive relationship with the PG Group as the work proceeds so the change of ownership makes a very positive step.”

The PG Group has just finished converting the 1970s-built Lewins Place office complex into 148 new homes.

Picture credit: Assael Architecture

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