£40m transformation of historic dye works factory into new homes

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Brooks Dye Works, new homes,

The historic dye works and laundry factory in Bristol is being transformed into new homes by Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group

Brooks Dye Works is the £40m (GDV) redevelopment of a historic dye and laundry works. It is undergoing extensive regeneration to offer two, three, and four-bedroom homes, open space and improved access to the neighbouring park.

The four-acre industrial site had lain derelict for over a decade since the factory closed in 1997. The joint venture developer partners are now breathing new life into the site.

Brooks Dye Works is centred on the factory’s nineteenth-century chimney and offers 79 homes, each with a private balcony or terrace, green open space and direct access to the adjacent Mina Road Park.

Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group have transformed the site since construction began last year, with the new contemporary homes drawing inspiration from the site’s industrial heritage.

The new homes will have open-plan living with a flexible design and a high-quality specification, and each home will have allocated parking or a private garage, with further visitor parking available.

The Brooks Dye Works homes use renewable timber frame construction, and sustainable features include smart meters, a sustainable drainage system, double-glazed argon gas-filled windows to maximise each home’s insulation, secure cycle storage, and electric charging points to some homes.

The construction is being led by Halsall Construction Ltd, a regional specialist, with the retention of the original dye works’ chimney a core element and focal point of the new scheme, which will connect to the adjacent Mina Road Park.

There will also be 24 affordable homes on the site, a mixture of intermediate rent and shared ownership.

The Brooks Dye Works marketing suite will open on-site later this Spring.

Reimagination of a historic dyeworks

David Galman, sales director at Galliard Homes, commented: “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.

“Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group are working closely together to ensure the new homes offer high-quality design inspired by the site’s original heritage. We anticipate the site to prove very popular with local buyers.”

Robin Squire, regional managing director at Acorn Property group’s Bristol office, said: “The original dyeworks factory on the site of Brooks Dye Works was a successful family-run business spanning 135 years, and it is a delight to see the site brought back to life by the new development.

“For buyers interested in purchasing a home at Brooks Dye Works, the first release of homes is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle on offer. The opening of the marketing suite is highly-anticipated and we look forward to it opening in the near future.”

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.

“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.

“The launch of the Brooks Dye Works marketing suite is highly-anticipated, a lot of people have already registered their interest, and we would encourage any prospective buyers to contact us to learn more about the quality new homes and lifestyle on offer.”

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