Work begins on transforming Victorian villa in Clifton into high quality new homes

December 15, 2015

Work has started on a new project to convert a five-storey Victorian villa in Clifton, Bristol, into high quality apartments aimed at the private rental sector, following its sale to property developer Urban Creation.

Beech House, situated on the corner of St Paul’s Road, will be converted into 14 apartments, featuring fully-furnished studios, one-bed and two-bed homes, with the renovation of the building expected to be completed in July next year.

The interior of the homes will have a modern look and feel, while retaining many of the period features that reflect the Victorian grandeur of the building.

Jonathan Brecknell, who is director at Urban Creation and has many years of experience in converting historic Bristol buildings, said: “There is huge demand among young professionals in particular for rental homes that are finished to an excellent standard, with all their needs catered for, in sought-after areas such as Clifton.

“Having developed and managed properties in Bristol over the last 11 years, I’ve gained a real insight into how people want to live. They want somewhere they can call home –a ‘home from home’ feel – as well as a space that has been designed with real attention to detail. From devising the best possible layout to thinking about storage needs, the hallmark of our approach is creating cleverly designed spaces, making the most of all the opportunities a building has to offer.”

Beech House is just a stone’s throw from the popular shops, bars and restaurants of Whiteladies Road, as well as being only a few minutes’ walk from Clifton Triangle and Park Street. Clifton Village can be reached easily by walking less than 15 minutes, and the Clifton Down railway station is just a short walk away.

The project marks a return by Urban Creation to the development of rental properties for professionals, having concentrated over the last few years on the student market. Urban Creation manages some of the rental properties it develops itself, with its focus on Bristol city centre and Clifton.

Jonathan added: “Many of our tenants in our student accommodation have remained loyal to us over the years, signing up for new tenancies year after year, so we are pleased we can now offer them to chance to stay with us when they move on from university into the world of work.”

Urban Creation has also submitted a planning application for a new mews building in the rear garden of Beech House. The building, which would comprise three additional two-bed apartments, has been designed sympathetically to ensure it is in keeping with the site and wider area.

Beech House is being transformed following the granting of permitted development rights for office to residential conversion of the property.

The sale of Beech House by three private individuals to Urban Creation completed in September (2015).

For early lettings enquiries regarding Beech House, please contact Urban Creation on 0117 934 9508.

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