Green light to turn Georgian properties on historic Bristol street back into homes

August 31, 2016

Planning approval has been granted for the conversion of three Georgian, terraced properties on Bristol’s historic Charlotte Street, off Park Street, into stylish student homes.

The plans were drawn up following the sale of the Grade II-listed properties to Urban Creation in a deal worth around £2 million earlier this year.

The Bristol-based developer bought the three former town houses – numbers 14, 15 and 16 – from QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, which had used the buildings as offices for the past 70 years. The law firm has now moved to Queen Square House.

Urban Creation plans to turn the properties back into homes but this time for students. The project will see the creation of a total of 24 studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments, each finished to a high standard and fully furnished with premium touches such as flat-screen TVs, en-suite showers and ultra-fast internet connections.

Initial preparatory work is due to start early next year with the apartments expected to be ready for occupation in September 2017.

Jonathan Brecknell, is director of Urban Creation, said: “I’m really looking forward to reviving these beautiful townhouses on one of Bristol’s most historic streets and creating high quality homes for students right in the heart of our vibrant city.

“These apartments will bear the hallmark of the Urban Creation approach, which is focused on creating homes that are designed around how people want to live. We work hard to create the best possible layout, ensure we pay close attention to detail and make the most of all the opportunities a building 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.

Urban Creation worked closely with Bristol City Council planners to create a scheme within these historic buildings that would be sensitive to its surroundings, whilst retaining and enhancing the period features.

Charlotte Street links Park Street with Brandon Hill and benefits from far reaching views over St Georges Chapel to the city and beyond. It is close to the University of Bristol campus and the shops, bars and restaurants on Park Street, making this an ideal spot for students looking to discover everything the city has to offer.