Work has started to transform a Grade II listed 17th century property in a secluded spot close to Bristol city centre into student housing.
The Manor House, a hidden gem which was built in 1691 as a family residence behind St Michael’s Hill and has far-reaching views across the city, is to be converted into 12 stylish studio and one-bedroom student apartments. Urban Creation, which is behind the project, will also create a new building on site housing a further six apartments.
Surrounded by Bristol University buildings on three sides, The Manor House will offer students a rare opportunity to live in a secluded spot within this historic and unusual property, yet close to everything the city centre has to offer.
The building, whose original character and period features will be preserved as part of the renovation project, also benefits from a communal terrace and gardens.
Jonathan Brecknell, who is director at Urban Creation and has many years of experience in converting historic and listed Bristol buildings, said: “This is an extraordinary, historic property and a real hidden gem built in the Dutch Restoration style with amazing views across the city. The property has many advantages for students. It’s right next to the University of Bristol’s main campus and medical school in a quiet, secluded spot while also being a stone’s throw from the cultural and leisure hub of the city. This is a rare find that combines modern living and convenience with a slice of Bristol’s rich history – offering the best of both worlds.”
The 5,600 sq ft building was last refurbished in 1980 to provide nine flats for elderly residents following a fire in 1979 which destroyed the interior.
Urban Creation’s redevelopment project will combine 1980s retro feel and period features with a contemporary style and cleverly-designed space, as well as modern touches such as flat-screen TVs, en-suite shower rooms and ultra-fast internet connections.
Work on the site is expected to be complete by spring 2017.