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Lovell to build new homes at Brentry Hospital site

Housing developer Lovell has announced plans for a new project on the site of the former Brentry Hospital in Bristol.Contracts worth £11 million have been signed to build a mixed-tenure development on the site, which has stood empty for a decade following the closure of the Brentry Hospital. Lovell acquired the land from NHS Property Services with planning consent for up to 80 homes. Some 79 houses and apartments will be constructed on the five-acre site, which has easy access to Bristol city centre, the motorway network and the Cribbs Causeway shopping complex. It is also close to a conservation area near historic Royal Victoria Park.Sixty-four of the new homes will be for open market sale by Lovell while 15 homes will be for social rent and shared ownership through Knightstone Housing Association. Inspired by the garden village architecture of the Brentry area, the development will feature 38 two, three and four-bedroom new-build houses and 20 new-build apartments for open market sale.Six apartments will be built for open sale by refurbishing Phoenix House, an existing building which formed part of the old hospital.Affordable properties are to be constructed for Knightsbridge and will comprise two, three and four-bedroom houses and six two-bedroom apartments for social rent and three two and three-bedroom houses for shared ownership. The new homes are to exceed the environmental performance standards set down in Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.They will feature sustainable technology, with photovoltaic roof panels set to be installed on some homes. A dedicated area will also be set aside for wildlife.Lovell regional director David Gough said: "We're delighted to have acquired this site which enjoys a superb location and we look forward to building this exciting development of high-specification stylish new-build houses and apartments. "As well as creating much-needed open market properties for sale and new affordable homes, we are also excited to be helping Phoenix House 'rise' again through its refurbishment into brand-new apartments."Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2014. 

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