The £40M transformation of historic DyeWorks into new homes in Bristol

The launch of the redeveloped family owned factory in lively St Werburghs.

The first eight homes have been released for sale at Brooks Dye Works, the £40 million (GDV) redevelopment of the historic dye and laundry works which was a Victorian family-owned factory that ran for 135 years.

It is centred around the factory’s iconic nineteenth-century chimney and offers 79 homes, each with a private balcony or terrace, green open space and direct access to the adjacent Mina Road Park.

Located in St. Werburghs, a vibrant district of Bristol and close to the city centre. St. Werburghs offers independent restaurants, organic eateries, boutique shops and a lively urban art scene within walking distance of the development.

Originally founded in 1862 by Alfred Brooks with records of a dye works in Bristol as early as 1819, the ‘Brooks Dyers and Cleaners’ factory offered services including dyeing clothes for mourning, and recolouring faded items. During the Second World War, the factory expanded its services to clean the linen for the military, serving the American soldiers at the nearby Frenchay hospital and hospital ships that docked in Avonmouth. Following the war, the factory offered dry cleaning services, growing in popularity to eventually service 18 shops in the Bristol region. The family-run business ran successfully until the founder’s great-great-grandson Simon Brooks retired in 1997.

Robin Squire, Regional Managing Director at Acorn Property Group’s Bristol Office commented: “The original dyeworks factory on the site of Brooks Dye Works was a successful family-run business spanning 135 years, and it is a delight to see the site brought back to life by the new development. The opening of the marketing suite is highly-anticipated and we look forward to it opening in the near future.”

The first eight homes have been released for sale, and interested buyers can review plans and specification online, arrange to speak to a sales agent over the phone and register their details for further information about the development.

Melanie Fernandes, New Homes Manager at Ocean estate agents commented: “Brooks Dye Works is set to rejuvenate the area of St Werburghs, bringing high-quality homes and new life to the area. In recent years Bristol has seen a wealth of new developments offering apartments, but little to address the demand for larger properties: even the traditional houses in St Werburghs, that tend to be ‘two up-two down’, don’t quite meet family requirements and there is now a real need amongst locals, something that Brooks Dye Works will help address.

The marketing suite at Brooks Dye Works is expected to open later this Spring with viewing by appointment only. For further information please contact Acorn Property Group on +44 (0)117 244 0400 or visit and Galliard Homes on +44 (0) 20 3733 3887 or visit development/brooks-dye-works-bristol/

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