Property deal could herald new chapter for historic Bristol street

March 7, 2016

One of Bristol’s most historic streets could soon enter a new chapter following the sale of three terraced properties on Charlotte Street, off Park Street, to Urban Creation in a deal worth around £2 million.

The Bristol-based developer bought the properties from QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, which has used the former town houses as offices for the past 70 years. The law firm has now moved to Queen Square House, a landmark, historic, Grade II listed building in the heart of Bristol’s city centre.

Now Urban Creation plans to turn the three end-of-terrace Georgian town houses back into homes but this time for students.

Jonathan Brecknell, who lives in the city with his family, is director of Urban Creation and has many years of experience in developing historic and often complex properties into homes.

He said: “This is a classic piece of Bristol architecture which sits on one of the city’s most important historic streets and we now have a fantastic opportunity to revive the properties for the next generation to enjoy.

“Their position close to the University of Bristol campus, the open green spaces of Brandon Hill and the shops, bars and restaurants on Park Street makes this an ideal spot for students looking to discover everything the city has to offer.”

The town houses date back to around 1830 and were designed by William Paty, who was a surveyor, architect and mason and whose family was responsible for many of the well-known Georgian buildings that still remain in Bristol. He was appointed city surveyor in 1788, and his most notable works are perhaps Berkley Square, No. 7 Great George Street, now the Georgian House Museum, Blaise Castle House, and Christ Church.

Charlotte Street links Park Street with Brandon Hill and benefits from far reaching views over St Georges Chapel to the city and beyond.

Urban Creation has a track record of developing quality student accommodation in Bristol and it has been developing properties in the city over the last 11 years. The company prides itself on creating homes that are designed around how people want to live, based around the best possible layout, attention to detail and making the most of all the opportunities a building has to offer.

Jonathan added: “There is strong demand from students for high quality accommodation in central locations and Charlotte Street will offer something even more. We will be refurbishing the building sympathetically in keeping with its impressive surroundings to offer cleverly-designed homes in an historic setting.”

Each apartment will include premium touches such as flat-screen TVs, en-suite showers and ultra-fast internet connections.

Urban Creation is working closely with Bristol City Council planners to ensure the heritage of the property is protected. The company will be submitting plans to Bristol City Council for consideration in the coming weeks.

Hugh Balchin, partner at QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, said: “We have spent almost 70 years of the firm’s 187 years at our Park Street address. This move signals a new and exciting chapter for us.  Queen Square will enable us to grow and provides significantly improved office space for our staff and events. We look forward to visiting the refurbished properties once completed and seeing their transformation from offices to homes.”

Savills acted on behalf of Urban Creation and Hartnell Taylor Cook represented QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day during the transaction for 14-16 Charlotte Street.