Bristol’s skyline continues to change as developers follow mayor Marvin Rees’ ambitions to build upwards.
The newest development to begin construction will include a 26-storey tower that will be the highest residential building in the city.
Castle Park View, being built on the site of a former ambulance station, is an 180,000 sq ft scheme that will provide 375 new homes, 20 per cent of which will be affordable housing.
A ‘first pile’ ceremony hosted by Bouygues UK, the contractor delivering the project, saw Rees joined by representatives from the five partners on the project: Linkcity, Bristol City Council, Homes England, M&G Real Estate and Yarlington Housing Group.
The ceremony marked the first pouring of concrete on the site, following preparatory works that began earlier in the year.
Rees said: “Castle Park View is a key project for Bristol. When complete, this will be a landmark development for the city, transforming an unused city-centre plot into 375 desperately needed new homes.
“By working together we have been able to increase the amount of affordable housing on the site from 12 per cent to 20 per cent.
“Working with our partners, we are committed to providing a diverse mix of housing to make it affordable for all to live and work here.”
Rob Bradley, CEO of Bouygues UK, added: “This regeneration of a brownfield site will provide a considerable number of high-quality new homes for Bristol, and we can’t wait to see the transformative impact this scheme will have across the area.”