15th November 2023
Rund attends topping out at Bristol's Old Brewery

The Old Brewery, one of the largest affordable housing developments in Bristol, has reached a key milestone with ‘topping out’ now achieved. The scheme is being delivered by Abri, with Rund commissioned as Employer’s Agent, Clerk of Works, and Principal Designer.

Located at the end of a popular high street in Southville, The Old Brewery includes 107 new affordable apartments, offering a combination of one, two and three-bedroom homes, with 98 of them available for shared ownership and nine for social rent. The homes are due for completion in 2024.

Simon Stewart, Managing Surveyor at Rund, commented:

“We’ve been assisting Abri in expanding its development portfolio in Bristol, supporting this 100% affordable housing development in our capacity as Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveyor, Clerk of Works, and Principal Designer at The Old Brewery. Since the start, we’ve implemented thorough project management and quality control procedures, ensuring all works adhere to strict health and safety requirements. As we now move towards completion, we will continue to ensure that the development is built to the highest quality standard and fully complements the heritage and design of the site’s original architecture.”

As well as new homes, the regeneration at The Old Brewery includes the adaptation of some of the original brewery buildings to retain the industrial heritage of the site. Seven commercial spaces are being created, including the conversion of the original brewery manager’s house, to create a community hub including food and drink outlets, offices and creative spaces.   

Speaking about the project, Sam Stone, Associate Director of Land & Planning at Abri said:

“With great thanks to grant funding from our Strategic Partnership with Homes England, we’re excited to provide more much needed affordable housing in Bristol. Good quality homes and facilities are key to making a difference and creating thriving communities, especially in the midst of the national cost of living crisis. We’re ambitious to deliver 10,000 warm, safe and sustainable homes by 2030, and continue to focus our efforts on creating places where people feel they belong.”

Cllr Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homes from Bristol City Council, who attended the topping out with John Kearney, Head of Provider Management from Homes England, said:

“Building homes is about creating neighbourhoods that meet the diverse needs of our communities, so it’s great to see the results of another high-quality regeneration that’ll deliver much needed affordable housing in Bristol. The new homes in Southville support our target to deliver at least 2,000 homes a year and create more opportunities for people to get on the housing ladder."