Hydrock has provided multi-disciplinary pre-planning services to support Linkcity, the property development company that is part of the global Bouygues Group, with plans to build 375 new homes within a 26-storey tower block in central Bristol.
The brownfield site, a former ambulance station, is situated next to the River Avon and Castle Park, and nestled amongst another landmark development Hydrock is involved with, Finzels Reach. The development will feature 20 per cent affordable housing and is proposed to be one of the tallest buildings in Bristol.
Hydrock is providing a full end-to-end service, from pre-planning services such as M&E, acoustics, air quality, utilities, vertical transportation, sustainability, wind and microclimate assessments, and daylight modelling, through to full detailed design construction information.
A portion of the site is owned by Bristol City Council requiring a joint approach to the site’s development. The planning request has now been submitted by Linkcity, Bristol City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Managing director of Linkcity, Nicolas Guérin, said: “With archaeological constraints, protected trees, a culvert carrying water through the centre of the site and a number of other complications, this project has provided unique challenges for the team to overcome.
“We have been working on this site in close partnership with the council and the HCA to deliver a scheme of exceptional quality and with a strong visual impact whilst also delivering the maximum proportion of affordable housing.
“We are proud of the scheme we have put forward and believe it offers the optimum solution for the local community and all other stakeholders on a very complex site.”
HCA General Manager Kevin Bourner said: “The HCA and Bristol City Council have combined land ownerships to maximise new housing on surplus public sector land.
“This is the first step in a really significant project which will deliver much-needed homes and turn a disused, brownfield site into 375 homes in the heart of Bristol.”
The planning application will now be reviewed by Bristol City Council Planning officers and a committee date is expected before the end of the year.