First foundations laid for Filton homes

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

Construction has begun at Brabazon, a £2bn housing development to be built on the former Filton airfield.

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 in the new suburb, which is named after the revolutionary 1940s airliner, will be a mixture of small apartments and multi-bedroom properties.

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

In November, Brabazon builder 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.

Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Toby Savage, who was present at the ceremony marking the start of construction, 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, with a public park and tree-lined avenues surrounding the properties.

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

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.”

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