17 March 2022
Telereal Trillium’s plans to redevelop the government buildings complex on Flowers Hill and create up to 160 new homes have been approved by Bristol City Council’s planning committee.
The site, which includes the former offices of the Department for Work and Pensions and Driving Test Centre, was vacated in early 2021 leaving vacant office buildings which are dated, poor quality and unsuitable for modern working standards.
The outline planning permission will allow the brownfield site to be redeveloped to create new homes, including affordable units, open space, a children’s play area, and a landscaping scheme. Additionally, it will provide the opportunity to create a new pedestrian and cycle link between Flowers Hill and Hungerford Road. The investment will also deliver financial contributions to public transport improvements, including funds for the construction of an outbound bus lane on the A4 Bath Road.
The site includes the Bristol War Room, which has been abandoned for a number of years. This approval will allow the War Room to be re-used for commercial business or community use, whilst preserving its historical interest.
Sam Rosenkranz, Asset Manager at Telereal Trillium, said: “We are delighted by the outcome of the planning committee decision. The redevelopment of Flowers Hill represents a great opportunity to open up this site and bring it back to life through regeneration and investment, whilst securing future growth and housing delivery for Brislington.
We want to thank those who worked with us from the City Council, community groups, and members of the local community who provided valuable feedback during the progression of the application. We look forward to seeing this development being delivered.”
Telereal Trillium were supported in bringing the planning application forward by Bristol-based consultants Conor Flanagan and Luke Challenger of Black Box Planning and Andrea Kellegher from Turley Strategic Communications. Along with urban designer Chris Gentle from Roberts Limbrick.