First foundations for Filton homes

YTL Brabazon, first dig ceremony 7th Jan 2019

Construction has started on hundreds of new homes at the former airfield

A ceremony marks the start of construction at Brabazon, a £2bn housing development being built on the former Filton airfield, the birthplace of Concorde.

The new neighbourhood will consist of 278 homes, new schools, sports facilities and a new railway station connecting Brabazon to Bristol Temple Meads.

The first homes at Brabazon will go on sale in Autumn 2020, with the first residents expected to move in early in 2021.

The homes will be a mixture of small apartments, and multi-bedroom properties.

Leader of the South Gloucestershire Council Toby Savage was present at the ceremony marking the start of construction, as well as other local councillors, community leaders and local businesses.

Cllr Savage said: “Filton Airfield is steeped in history. Today this part of South Gloucestershire is a world-leading hub for engineering and innovation.

“This is a major investment into our local community. The project will create new homes and new opportunities and our shared vision is that it will be a place that all local workers, residents and visitors will feel proud of.”

The necessary enabling works for the development having been completed in 2019, construction can now begin.

The 278 homes in this first phase of the new urban community aim to set a new standard for quality development in the West of England.

Local and globally renowned architects Feilden Clegg Bradley are behind the Brabazon properties which include one- and two-bedroom apartments, and two, three- and four-bedroom homes.

A new public park, an open square, and tree-lined avenues will surround the properties.

The Brabazon district is set to grow over the next 20 years and become a new home to various businesses, shops and restaurants. The development will also have a library, schools, a health centre and sports facilities, as well as landscaped public squares and parkland.

Jon McDiarmid, director at YTL Developments said: “The iconic aircraft that were built here were known for their considered design details, timeless styling, and cutting-edge technology. Our aim is that people will feel the same way about these new homes.

“Our vision is to create a thriving new neighbourhood for north Bristol so it’s very special to be joined by leaders from across the local community to mark this major milestone as we dig the first foundations.”

The start of construction at Brabazon comes after the opening of new inland surfing lake, The Wave, in Easter Compton near Filton.

In November, YTL Developments submitted a planning application to transform the historic Brabazon hangars into an arena complex with an exhibition hall and a 17,080 capacity live entertainment arena.

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