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    Blog by Guy Ackernley

    Getting to know Hartcliffe and South Bristol

    23 July 2018
    A 3 minute read by Guy Ackernley

    From the heritage of Imperial Tobacco, to a new adventure playground; we’ve been getting under the skin of Hartcliffe and South Bristol.

    Ahead of the launch of more brilliantly-designed apartments at the new Copper Building at Lakeshore in a few weeks time, here are our top facts about the local area.

    External view of Lakeshore, Bristol

    It’s the most exciting place in Bristol right now

    There’s a tonne of regeneration in this part of the world right now, from our own efforts at Lakeshore right across to Hengrove Park where news broke this week of plans to create 1,500 homes, restaurants, shops, offices and an expansion of the City of Bristol College; a buzzing new community right up the road! And there are plans for a huge adventure playground – the first in the city for 30 years.

    Lakeshore, transformed by Urban Splash

    Everyone’s got a soft spot for Imperial Tobacco

    The original Lakeshore building, which has already been transformed by Urban Splash into 286 awesome apartments, was once home to Imperial Tobacco. Employing thousands of people in the area from its opening in 1974, you’d be hard pushed to find someone locally without a connection to the company.

    Original building at Lakeshore - 1971

    Lakeshore’s actually an architectural emblem on the national stage

    The original building was designed by Chicago architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1970s who drew on the works of modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, who designed the Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago. The building’s reincarnation was undertaken by former Bristol mayor George Ferguson.

    Apartment interior at Lakeshore

    Massive Attack wrote a song about it

    Bristolian legends Massive Attack produced many recognisable hits, but one of their lesser known tracks was dedicated to this corner of Bristol. “Hartcliffe Star” was released in 2010 – actually around the time we launched the original Lakeshore apartments for sale!

    Make the landscape your own at Lakeshore

    And… It’s a great place to invest in

    According to Rightmove, prices in Hartcliffe have risen by 7% this year – 32% up since 2015, so it’s potentially a great area to get on the ladder.

    About the author

    Guy Ackernley

    Managing Director - Development and Residential

    Guy has over 20 years of experience in the residential property industry. He joined Urban Splash in September 2015 and is responsible for the new homes and investment sales on all residential developments at Urban Splash. Guy also looks after the residential asset management team which currently manages over 800 properties across the Urban Splash development portfolio.

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