The new homes have appealed to a wide range of buyers
The first homes at the much-anticipated next phase of residential development at Wapping Wharf have gone under offer.
With the main public launch planned for September, a limited number of the new homes were made available in the spring to purchasers who already live at Wapping Wharf or had registered their interest to buy.
Twenty six homes within the much-loved harbourside neighbourhood in the heart of Bristol have been snapped up, subject to contract.
The new homes have been appealing to a broad range of people, from young to older, and many have been bought by residents of the first phase, proof of the popularity of the vibrant new neighbourhood as a desirable place to live.
Pauline Sangster, senior residential sales & marketing manager at Wapping Wharf Living, says: “We’ve believed for some time that Wapping Wharf is a special place but the initial response from buyers has really exceeded our expectations. There is no doubt that the harbourside location, with access to buzzy cafes, restaurants and independent shops, has something for everyone. ”
In keeping with the historic dockside location and the phase one design, the new development has the same industrial wharf-like character. Many apartments have balconies overlooking the new street scenes or internal garden courtyards. Airy vaulted ceilings and terraces feature in many of the top floor apartments.
The restored early 19th century, Grade II-listed Gaol Gate is set to become an impressive new public entrance to Wapping Wharf, opening onto a square, flanked by residents’ communal gardens.
Housed in two buildings called Abel Yard and Hope Quay, with five and six floors respectively, the development includes one, two and three-bed apartments. The architects, Alec French, also designed the previous homes at Wapping Wharf.
Sue Dyer, partner at Atwell Martin, who has been involved in marketing both phases of homes said: “Nearly all the buyers have been from Bristol which shows just how much the city has taken this new area to heart. Many of the first homes to be released have been sold to people who have been waiting patiently for an opportunity to buy here for quite some time and we have had some very excited homeowners.”
Vicky Dudbridge, director of residential development sales at Savills said: “We have had a fantastic response to the first selection of new apartments and with its stunning contemporary design and ideal waterside position, it is easy to understand why they have been snapped up. The age range of the buyers spans 40 years which just shows how widespread the appeal of living at Wapping Wharf has become.”
Award-winning Wapping Wharf is right in the heart of the city. Located next to the harbour and M-Shed with the Arnolfini, Watershed and Bristol Old Vic all within walking distance, it is part of Bristol’s cultural and leisure hub. The CARGO development of shops and eateries located in converted shipping containers continues to flourish, growing the area’s reputation as the place to go to find exciting restauranteurs and unique emerging independents.
The public launch of Abel Yard and Hope Quay will be in September this year and, with construction work progressing well.
Wapping Wharf Living is a joint venture between developers Umberslade and Muse who have secured £23.4m funding from Homes England towards phase two. The support comes from Homes England’s Home Building Fund, which provides loans to help unlock or accelerate the delivery of residential and mixed-use housing developments.
In addition to the apartments being sold on the open market, 93 will be sold to Sovereign Housing Association, 49 of which will be shared ownership housing and the remainder for private rent. After completion of these first 256 new homes, a further 81 affordable homes will be constructed separately as part of phase two.
A limited number of homes will be released to those who have pre-registered in mid-August ahead of the main public launch in September. There is still time to register your interest at: http://wappingwharfliving.co.uk/