Airfield’s first new homes reach full height

Photo of new home under construction,
Building work progresses in the first phase of the Brabazon development.

YTL Developments have ‘topped out’ the first new homes at Brabazon on the former Filton Airfield, meaning the first roofs have been completed.

The tops of buildings in the first phase of the 2,600-home development can now be glimpsed when travelling along Hayes Way, the road between Rolls-Royce and The Mall. Having broken ground at the beginning of 2020, the rapid progress means that the first homes will go on sale before the end of this year.

Having been present in January when YTL Developments began to dig the first foundations at Brabazon, Cllr Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, returned to the site in early September to mark the ‘topping out’.

“Brabazon is set to transform the local area and is a wakeup call to the big housebuilders on what new development can look like and deliver for communities. The most exciting thing is that this will be a really thriving new neighbourhood, not just another housing project. There will be public parks, schools, community facilities and new transport links,” said Cllr Savage.

“And at the heart of it will be the incredible new YTL Arena Complex. For so many it’s going to be the most exciting place to be in the South West.”

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Sales to start soon

The first phase of new homes will include a range of one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom homes. With construction well underway, YTL Developments expect the first new homes to go on sale before the end of the year, with the first residents moving in at the start of 2021.

Designed by internationally renowned, locally based architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the new homes at Brabazon are being marketed as having “distinctive details, generous room sizes and plenty of outdoor space”.

Visualisation of a crescent in the first phase of development at Brabazon.
Visualisation of a crescent in the first phase of development at Brabazon.

Challenging times

Cllr Toby Savage continued:

“Clearly the past few months have been challenging in many different ways. The fact that YTL Developments are pressing ahead at speed with this huge investment is a real sign of confidence and is already starting to bring in jobs and opportunities for local people. It really shows their commitment to our local community.”

Rob Benson, construction director at YTL Developments said:

“I’m the third generation of my family to have worked here at the former Filton Airfield. To see this historic local landmark being brought back to life feels really personal to me. Seeing the quality of the new homes as they come out the ground is fantastic. Huge credit goes to our local team of site managers, supervisors and contractors. We are continuing to press ahead and can’t wait to see the first new residents move in early next year.”

Jon McDiarmid, director at YTL Developments, said:

“The first new homes at Brabazon are setting the standard for what this new neighbourhood will become. The design details like the curve of the crescent, the quality of the brickwork and the extra space inside and out will make for really distinctive new homes.”

“With the good progress currently being made by the construction team, we expect to be able to offer our first homes for sale before the end of 2020.”

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This article originally appeared in the October 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on pages 12 & 13). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.