Abri acquires land to build mixed-use scheme in Bristol

Old Brewery, Bristol homes, Southville,

Abri, who will be working with Change Real Estate, has acquired land at The Old Brewery in Southville to build 107 affordable homes and seven commercial units

The Old Brewery will provide opportunities for people to get on the property ladder, delivering 98 homes for shared ownership, along with nine for social rent – thanks to grant funding from Homes England.

As part of this scheme, Abri is also investing in zero combustible materials, fire detection and alarm systems in every home, to keep residents safe and their minds at ease.

The apartments will also have a central plant room that can connect to Bristol City Council’s District Heat Network when it reaches Southville – a system that delivers affordable, low carbon heat and energy citywide.

The build will mix old with new, refurbishing parts of the existing structures to create homes, shops, and offices ready to welcome the community and new homeowners in 2023.

Meet the needs of local people

James Pennington, director of development at Abri, said: “Securing land at The Old Brewery really is a great achievement, especially when the national demand for low-cost and high-quality housing is so high.

“Our plan is to support the Southville community by building homes and commercial spaces that meet the needs of local people.

“Our commitment is to deliver at least 1,000 new homes every year, and along with this scheme we’re now looking to exceed that target.

Ron Persaud, director at Change Real Estate, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Abri to deliver 107 affordable homes at The Old Brewery and look forward to starting work on site very soon.”

Abri expects to start on site in May 2021.


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