LiveWest develops 350 homes at Bristol ‘eco’ site

Topping out has been completed at the first home at Jessop Park, a joint venture between LiveWest and housebuilders Keepmoat Homes.
Jessop Park, LiveWest’s development with Keepmoat Homes in south Bristol. Credit: LiveWest.

The South West housing provider LiveWest is developing 350 new homes at a brownfield ‘eco’ site in south Bristol.

Topping out has been completed at the first home at Jessop Park, a joint venture between LiveWest and housebuilders Keepmoat Homes.

Located on the former Hartcliffe College Campus, the scheme will provide 350 homes along with features such as a community orchard, wildlife corridor and natural play areas.

The site, developed in partnership with Bristol City Council, will use renewable heating technologies, benefiting the council through the Renewable Heat Incentive.

A third of the properties on site will be affordable housing as they will be made available for either social rent or shared ownership.

Russell Baldwinson, LiveWest’s executive director of development, said: “We are delighted that work is progressing well at Jessop Park.

“The development will provide a wide range of homes, including much needed affordable housing in an attractive, exciting and vibrant new setting.

“Working with Keepmoat Homes and Bristol City Council, we have had a common goal of creating a high-quality new housing development which will provide new residents moving into this exciting project with a great place to live.

“Sustainability sits very much at the heart of our organisation and being involved in a project which places importance on the environmental credentials of the project in terms of public space as well as renewable sources for heating homes is vitally important for both LiveWest and our customers.”

The 350 homes at Jessop Park will comprise one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as two, three- and four-bedroom houses.

As part of the partnership with the local council, ground source heat pumps will be used to heat the homes.

At the centre of Jessop Park will be ‘Pollinator Park’, a community orchard which will feature public art spaces and a variety of rich pollinating plants.

The orchard will attract wildlife such as bats, birds, bees and insects while providing fruit and a green open space for residents. A swarm of blue butterflies has been relocated to another area on site.

Keepmoat Homes says the first showhome at Jessop Park will open in February 2021 with the first homeowners set to move in over March.

Dan Haines, regional director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “Jessop Park isn’t your typical new home development, it has been designed to be something special with habitat for wildlife and community use.

“We have a strong track record of delivering new homes across the country, particularly on brownfield land such as this.

“We’ve brought our experience to this development and, working with all the partners, we’re breathing new life into the area, supporting the regeneration of South Bristol and building much-needed new homes.”

LiveWest owns and manages 37,000 homes across the South West of England. It is a member of Homes for the South West, a group of 11 leading regional housing associations.

The housing association plans to invest over £2 billion in the South West economy and provide 15,000 new homes in the region over the next 10 years.

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