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From cigarettes to city living: welcome to a new development filled with East Street promise
Allow us to introduce you to the latest kid on the residential Bedminster block: Factory No 1. Why the name? Steeped in South Bristol history, the main building, Consort House, was the Wills family’s first tobacco factor; right next door, Regent House became the company HQ. Today, thanks to a typically sensitive refurb by City & Country- the award winning heritage development team behind The General, among others- it’s become the site of an exciting new residential complex located right at the gateway to Bedminster.
The site is part of the Bedminster Conservation Area, and the Grade- II buildings make for a compelling and vibrant place to live, in this increasingly appealing area. This is the centre for Bristol street art; home to the Tobacco Factory, and numerous independent bars, restaurants and shops, yet still with a friendly old-school community vibe- witness, for example the neighbourhood’s annual Winter Lantern Parade.
The imposing red brick buildings were designed by noted British architect Sir Frank Wills (the Wills clearly liked to keep things in the family). Frank also served as Lord Mayor of Bristol; Will’s fingers were firmly in several late 19th– century pies.
Tobacco continued to be manufactured at the site until the 1970’s, but now City & Country is creating a new community, both within Consort and Regent House and in quintet of stylish new apartment blocks designed around landscaped courtyard gardens.
Imperial Arcade on East Street will also be restored, and transformed into a collection of workspaces and shops, providing a new mixed-use environment destined to attract yet more creatives to the area.
Behind the impressive facades of the older Victorian buildings, the apartments have retained a range of original features that include fireplaces, cornicing and plasterwork; the large windows and generous ceiling heights so typical of this era come as standard.
Meanwhile, the six new apartment buildings, each named to reflect the site’s heritage- Watkin’s House, Capstan Room, Cutting Room, Lombard House, Tobacco Store and Wills House, is set within landscaped courtyard with car parking below; many also have attractive terraces or balconies.
All of the homes feature contemporary open-plan interiors; kitchens have contrasting tonal finishes, including textured bronzed sleek handles, wood and matt finishes and quartz marble worktops. There are two distinctive spec styles for the bathroom; 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.
With prices that range from £255k for a modern one-bed apartment to around £650k+ for a typical three-bedroom flat in Consort House, Factory No 1 offers a fresh and enticing opportunity to become part of the vibrant Bedminster community, within a high-quality restoration of an iconic Bristol landmark.
A number of apartments have already been sold or reserved; to get involved, contact City & Country.