This 0.34 hectare site 3 miles north of Bristol city centre is currently being developed to create 28 affordable homes for social and affordable rent comprising 12 houses and 16 flats, along with community facilities and business starter units. This is a community driven initiative with the land being sold to the housing association with the agreement that in return provision will be made for a new community hall.
The new homes are provided within an L shaped mews with a terrace one side and courtyard houses the other – all positioned to maximize the use of natural daylight. An additional 3 storey building will contain the 16 flats, with commercial space provided at ground floor. Contemporary styling across the site includes the use of mono pitch roofs, coloured rendered panels, modern balconies and facing brickwork.
In order to successfully achieve planning permission for the scheme an extensive consultation exercise was required. The effectiveness of the consultation process and the resulting thoroughness of the successful planning application that Kendall Kingscott presented is demonstrated in the comments of the planning committee who stated that this was the best submission they had seen for some considerable time.
The scheme is designed to meet Design Quality Standards, achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 for the apartments and Level 4 for the houses, BREEAM Very Good for the Commercial Space.
Gainsborough Square was a finalist in the West of England regional LABC Building Excellence Awards for Best High Volume New Housing Development and was awarded a 2015 Design Quality Award by Bristol Civic Society. The project was also a Regional Finalist in the Civic Trust 2016 awards.