Over the course of the summer, 105 West have become increasingly busy. The widely reported signs of an upswing in the construction sector have been manifested as an increase in enquiries and potential projects. These new projects and enquiries have been largely residential developments, combined with some mixed use schemes. At the same time as dealing with the new projects, 105 West are also in the process of proceeding with a number of on going projects, ensuring that buildings are completed. Current projects range from student accommodation to a commercial nursery to private residential projects and open market housing. As ever, our work is mainly within the Bristol City limits, but with a few projects outside Bristol.
Student Accommodation – Kingsdown, Bristol
Having gained permission at a planning appeal earlier in the year, this scheme for 51 student beds in 12 units of varying sizes plus a commercial office unit, has now been put out to tender. The aim is to commence construction in autumn 2013 with works being completed in time for occupation in the academic year 2014/15. Strip out of the existing building, followed by a contract for the required demolitions is due to be swiftly followed by a main contract for the construction works.
Commercial Nursery – Redland, Bristol
A former NHS healthcare building is in the process of being converted in to a commercial nursery. This is the second project of its type to be carried out for the same client following the success of the previous project. As the new use of the building falls into the same planning class as the previous use, only minor alterations required planning permission. This has allowed the project to proceed swiftly, with work now being carried out on site.
Residential Development – Bedminster, Bristol
The project for six flats and a cafe/bar in a Victorian former public house with a further four contemporary houses was undertaken for a
local construction company, with 105 West undertaking the
planning and building regulations stages. With our works complete, the construction company is now progressing with the build.
Residential Conversion – Clifton, Bristol
The conversion of a former chauffeurs accommodation in a prominent position in Bristol was granted planning permission early in 2013. Due to the high profile location and the current condition of the building, the process of moving toward construction has been complex. However, tenders for the construction work have been issued and it is anticipated that work on site will commence in the autumn of 2013. The new building will provide a three bedroom home with integral garage and garden. 105 West will be acting as contract administrators for the project, seeing the process through from initial sketch proposals to completion of the construction works on site.
Conversion and New Build – Clifton, Bristol
Planning permission and building regulations approval have been gained for alterations and refurbishment of and existing retail unit in Clifton, Bristol, with accommodation above. In addition to works to the existing property, a two storey extension is included to the rear of the building, increasing the accommodation within the property. With the building being in a densely developed area, party wall agreements are currently being secured with all of the close neighbours, prior to commencing work on site.
General residential work
The conversion of a former coach house to provide a two bedroomed unit for an elderly relative and carer were completed early in 2013, with the owners and the elderly relative being very pleased with both the quality and the cost of the construction works.
A substantial alteration to a property in the Westbury-On-Trym is nearing completion, with the owners taking occupation of the property during the summer. 105 West were responsible for the planning and building regulations stages of the project. The client having previously been involved in on site construction for a number of years took on the project from that point. The result is a large and spacious family home with close relationships to both the front and rear gardens.
A two storey extension to a property in south Bristol is currently under construction on site. This extension substantially alters the character the home, again, providing more open plan living with a close relationship to the garden. The new first floor bedroom replaces a small 'box room' with a large bedroom with full height glazing facing the garden and a spacious en-suite shower room.
The conversion of a number of former agricultural buildings in an idyllic rural location to the south of Bristol, with a link attachment to an existing family home, will approximately double the accommodation space for a young family. This project has gained planning permission and with shortly be moving into the building regulations stage.
Tenders will soon be sought for the extension of a house in central Bristol. The works include a single storey extension to the rear of the property and the addition of an en-suite shower room and large dormer window to an existing loft conversion.