Bristol at the forefront of green housing

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Bristol at the forefront of green housing

A new housing development in Bedminster has given a new lease of life to a former derelict bingo hall that once stood on North Street.


The Gala Bingo house site was demolished in 2016 and has now been transformed into a mixture of highly efficient apartments and houses by construction company Speller Metcalfe.


Picture House Court now offers community living among its 26 new properties, which range in size from 1-2 bedroom apartments and maisonettes with private balconies, to 1-3 bedroom terraced and 4-bed town houses.


Each of the houses provides residents with a car port or garage, decking, roof terraces and open plan living.


The green development homes all feature sustainable technologies including triple glazing, electric car charging points, hot water solar thermal systems and 300mm insulated walls, with many of the properties accredited to ‘Passivhaus’ standard – making these some of the most energy efficient and thermally comfortable houses in Bristol – consuming around 60% less energy than an equivalent new build property.

The development is already proving popular with the Bristol community, with only one property left for sale.


“This new scheme has really transformed what was an eyesore into a striking development, but most importantly provides highly energy efficient homes that will have little need for heating or cooling,” says Andy Metcalfe, joint owner of building contractor Speller Metcalfe.


He continued: “We know that we all have a responsibility in reducing our carbon footprint, and we are delighted that see that Bristol is once again at the forefront of embracing green technologies in this unique development.”

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