One of Bristol’s most anticipated new residential developments is launching for sale this Autumn.
Factory No.1 in Bedminster offers 271 new apartments, many of them crafted from the same buildings that were once the headquarters of Imperial Tobacco. Award-winning heritage developer City & Country – responsible for the renowned conversion of The General in Redcliffe – is behind this remarkable transformation.
Located on East Street, Factory No.1 lies at the gateway to Bedminster and oozes history with its historic buildings being some of the most distinctive in Bristol. Designed by Sir Frank Wills, Consort House is known for being the first factory of tobacco importers and manufacturers W.D & H.O Wills in 1886, hence the development name.
Their successful business launched many popular cigarette brands including Woodbine and Capstan. Towards the end of the 19th century and in response to challenges from the American Tobacco Company, the Wills brothers joined forces with 12 other family-run tobacco manufacturers to create The Imperial Tobacco Company. Regent House became the company headquarters and tobacco continued to be manufactured at the site until the 1970s.
Now City & Country is writing a new chapter for these buildings, new homes are being created from two Victorian-era buildings called Consort House and Regent House with five stylish new apartment buildings designed around attractively landscaped courtyard gardens. Imperial Arcade on East Street will also be restored and transformed into a collection of creative workspaces and new retail premises, providing a vibrant mixed-use environment attracting a range of new people to the area.
The apartments crafted from Consort House and Regent House boast a range of original features, including fireplaces, cornicing and plasterwork, as well as large windows and generous ceiling heights.
Meanwhile each of the stylish new apartment buildings, named to reflect the site’s tobacco heritage, is set within the landscaped courtyard with car parking below and many have attractive terraces or balconies
All of the homes feature a contemporary yet original interior design. Kitchens contrast tonal finishes, including textured bronzed sleek handles, wood and matt finishes, with on trend quartz marble worktops. While there are two distinctive specification styles for the bathrooms; a gold and charcoal-black theme, creating a softened industrial feel; and a sleek, elegant white and grey marble theme, with chrome taps and shower fittings.
Commenting ahead of the launch, Suzanne Aplin, Sales & Marketing Director at City & Country, said:
“For years, Consort House and Regent House were some of Bedminster’s most eye-catching landmarks, paying homage to the city’s great tobacco heritage. Sadly, these buildings became redundant and were falling into disrepair. Having converted The General just over the river, we knew that at Factory No1 could create a complementary yet more affordable range of conversion and new apartments, while breathing new life into these historic buildings; which is exactly what City & Country is all about.
“Factory No.1 lies at the gateway to Bedminster – one of Bristol’s most vibrant areas that is home to an eclectic range of shops, restaurants and bars, just minutes from North Street and with the hustle and bustle of city life just moments away, .
“The transformation of the historic buildings, including Imperial Arcade, will act as a catalyst for change in the immediate local area, making it a very wise place to invest in and enjoy.”