Kevin McCloud's HAB Housing gets go ahead for first project in Bristol

HAB Housing, the development company founded by Kevin McCloud, has secured planning permission to build 161 sustainable homes in Southmead, Bristol.

The Elderberry Walk scheme is located on the site of the former Dunmail Primary School owned by Bristol City Council.

The site comprises of one and two-bedroom apartments, and two, three and four-bed houses. Almost a third of the homes will be affordable housing for rent and shared ownership. A further quarter will be a new type of socially responsible private rent, to be delivered by Bristol and Bath Regional Capital and the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund.

Construction on the Allford Hall Monaghan Morris-designed scheme is expected to begin later this year, with first homes available for occupation in late 2018 and final completion in 2020.

McCloud, chairman of HAB, said: “We’re simply delighted to start our first project in our home city of Bristol. HAB Housing has been keen to deliver here ever since we moved into our studio in the city a few years ago.

“Urban regeneration can be beautiful, sustainable and affordable. We are eager to crack on, and begin to shape a beautiful new quarter of Southmead.”

In keeping with HAB’s sustainable homes ethos, the buildings will be set around a central green lane featuring a wide promenade, cycle path and children’s play facilities across the site.

Shamez Alibhai, head of the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, said the Elderberry Walk scheme was the first development to benefit from collaboration between a national investment fund, a local investment company and a local council.

HAB is one of the 70 housing developers and contractors to be selected by the government to be on the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) panel. The Delivery Partner Panel (DPP3), the third panel to be created by the HCA, will be recommended to councils when making decisions over new housing schemes.


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