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New homes being built on site of Victorian factory

By bristol247, Monday Apr 6, 2020

A historic dye works and laundry factory is being transformed as part of a £40m development.

Seventy-nine homes are being built on the site of the former Brooks Dye Works, a Victorian family-owned factory that ran for 135 years.

The four-acre site in St Werburgh’s had lain derelict for more than a decade since the factory closed in 1997.

In its heyday, the factory offered services including dyeing clothes for mourning, and recolouring faded items.

During the Second World War, the factory expanded its services to clean the linen for the military, serving American soldiers and hospital ships that docked in Avonmouth.

Following the war, the factory offered dry cleaning services, growing in popularity to eventually service 18 shops across the Bristol area.

Construction on the development from Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group began last year centred around the factory’s 19th century chimney.

The new two-, three- and four-bedroom homes all use renewable timber frame construction, with other sustainable features including smart meters, a sustainable drainage system and electric charging points.

The development will connect to the adjacent Mina Road Park, with 24 affordable homes on the site in a mixture of intermediate rent and shared ownership.

Galliard Homes sales director David Galman said: “Brooks Dye Works is the thoughtful reimagination of a historic dyeworks, set to bring sought-after contemporary homes to the area.

“Bristol’s property market is in particular need of well-designed houses given the prominence of flats in the area.

“Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group are working closely together to ensure the new homes offer high-quality design inspired by the site’s original heritage.”

Main image courtesy of Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group

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