An aerial and close-up view of the site
Local property developer Firmstone Consortia One, a joint venture between Firmstone Developments and Consortia Developments, has bought St Catherine’s Place on Dalby Road in Bedminster, Bristol.
The company has acquired the one-acre (0.4 ha) freehold site together with the adjacent shopping centre from Ashdown Capital. The property, which is bordered by Dalby Avenue to the east and south and East Street to the north, consists of a 30,000 sq ft vacant office building known as St Catherine’s House, together with a purpose-built shopping centre dating back to the late 1960s.
Outline planning consent was granted in 2014 (subject to a Section 106 agreement which has now been signed) to demolish the office building and replace it with 188 new flats in two buildings, one 9-storeys and the other 16-storeys high, both with retail on the ground floor.
Francis Firmstone, director of Firmstone Consortia One said they would now investigate the options for regenerating St Catherine Place and that they are keen to take forward the development as soon as possible.
He said: “We are really pleased to be involved in the delivery of this exciting site and look forward to working with the local community on a project which will make a significant and positive contribution to the regeneration of the area.
“St Catherine’s Place has the potential to act as a catalyst for the wider redevelopment of the Bedminster Green area and our aim is to start creating much-needed new homes as soon as possible.
“We are now exploring a range of options to decide whether we should deliver out the scheme as approved or see how we can improve it. As part of this, we have submitted a prior approval planning application to change the existing vacant office building into residential use, which will enable us to open up an alternative route for development.
“We will be consulting with the local community, as well as wider stakeholders, to enable us to decide the best way to take the site forward.”
“It’s great to be involved in Bedminster again, which we always think of as our heartland, as it’s where we did our first project and have done so much of our work and we’re keen to get started on revitalising this site as soon as possible.”
Firmstone Developments has delivered several projects in Bedminster over the past decade and created over 400 new homes in the area. The firm’s schemes span from small regeneration projects like national award-winning The Pantile and Farley’s Yard on Coronation Road to large-scale mixed-use regeneration projects.
Ross Kieran from Ocean acted for Firmstone Developments and GVA Grimley advised the vendor Ashdown Capital.