Empty city centre building set to be given new lease of life as boutique student apartments

March 19, 2018

Urban Creation will breathe new life into a run-down, empty building in Bristol city centre by converting it into high quality, stylish student apartments.

The Bristol property developer bought 50 Park Street, which was vacant at the time but formerly a nightclub, from a private landlord and has now been given planning consent to turn the property into boutique flats. The apartments will include all the modern touches including dishwashers, en-suite shower rooms and ultra-fast internet connections.

The 50 Park Street site was cleared after a previous building was bombed during World War II but it was rebuilt in the 1950s. Urban Creation will bring back some traditional charm and character to the building by creating a mansard roof at the front of this four-storey building, as well as incorporating features such as cornicing and period-style sash windows into the design.

Jonathan Brecknell, director and owner of Urban Creation, which develops and manages high quality property developments, explains: “This property caught my eye as I could see it had the potential to be transformed from a vacant, somewhat dilapidated building into a vibrant, characterful space for students to live in and make the most of city life. These high-quality apartments will meet a known demand from both UK and international students who are keen to embrace everything this buzzing city has to offer, with the student scene right on their doorstep.”

The scheme will include 13 beds in total, including two 3-bedroom flats, five 1-bedroom duplexes – with an upper bedroom area – and two studios. The addition of an asymmetrical pitched roof to the rear two-storey element of the building will house the duplexes, reflecting Urban Creation’s continued focus on creating cleverly-designed spaced. A commercial unit on the ground floor will also be upgraded for use by a new tenant.

The new apartments at 50 Park Street are expected to be ready for occupation from January 2019.