Knightstone to take Carriageworks to the next stage

Press Release

Knightstone Housing has been invited by Bristol City Council to submit
a final tender to develop Carriageworks and Westmoreland House. The news
follows extensive work with the Carriageworks Action Group to shortlist
from 15 informal enquiries and three expressions of interest.

Knightstone presented an overview of their plans to a public community
meeting led by the Carriageworks Action group last night. The meeting
involved an opportunity to meet Knightstone representatives and consider
how communities can be engaged over the next few months of the selection
process.  This will involve Knightstone in more detailed work, public
consultation and the submission of a final proposal in August.

Mike Day, Director of Development and Homeownership at Knightstone,
said; “We’re really pleased to have been invited to submit a final
tender for this project. We’re committed to working with the local
community to ensure that we can deliver a development that meets their
needs. This is an exciting opportunity, which could allow us to build on
the excellent work we’ve been doing with the City Council on
regeneration projects in Bristol”

Lori Streich, Chair of the Carriageworks Action Group, said: “We’re
very proud of this example of real community engagement. 

“People in the community have the expertise, enthusiasm and
innovation that is needed to make a relevant contribution to a scheme.
We are faced with a creatively demanding challenge around what should
certainly be one of Bristol’s most iconic settings.”

The site is still owned by Comer Homes. The council remains willing to
negotiate to acquire the site, and will only proceed to compulsory
purchase if necessary, supported by Knightstone if their final tender is
successful.

The Homes and Communities Agency has invested £895k towards site
assembly costs.  The council has also ear marked £675k of New Homes
Bonus monies to support the project. 

Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for
Transport, Strategic Housing and Regeneration, said: “Carriageworks
and Westmoreland House have been a blot on the landscape for too long. A
well thought out scheme which has community support will really lift the
area. I look forward to seeing Knightstone’s overview.”

The council engaged with the local communities and assisted with their
decision to form the Carriageworks Action Group (CAG) in 2011.  This
group is facilitated by, but independent of, the council’s project
team.  The group undertook consultation with the communities and public
in September to December 2011 with the aim of preparing a community
vision for the site that fitted within the existing planning policy. 
The Community Vision was agreed by CAG at a public meeting in December
2011 and accepted by the council at a Cabinet meeting on 31 May 2012. 
The vision identifies themes and issues that the community would like
addressed in any scheme for the site and buildings.  

Current Programme for Development Partner Selection

Invitation to submit Final Tender: 7 June 2013
Public engagement:  June/July
Period of meetings with BCC: June/July
Deadline for submission of Final Tender: August
Award of Contract: November 2013

The overall project programme identifies a start on site in 2015 with
completion 2017.

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