Huller & Cheese
Huller House and the Cheese Factory in Bristol are being converted to create an exciting collection of 50 contemporary one, two and three-bedroom waterside apartments overlooking Bristol’s Floating Harbour. The developer, Generator South West, a subsidiary of Generator Group which celebrates its 10th anniversary year in 2016, are a specialist developer with expertise in delivering challenging sites and major regeneration projects. Now making its mark on the property market in the South West of England through developments such as this and the former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory in Greenbank.
The former warehouse buildings both have unique characters, featuring exposed brick and iron work in Grade 2 listed Huller House and oversized windows and concrete columns in the Cheese Factory.
Tom Morrissey, Senior Development Manager at Generator South West said: “The development is a mixed use scheme of 50 apartments and office space on the ground floor. 44 of the homes are within the original warehouse buildings and six penthouses on two new build floors which have been added on top of the building.
“Cheese, is the larger site, with 34 apartments in a concrete framed warehouse. In this building we have a clean, crisp finish, retaining the original columns to reflect the industrial edge. In Huller we have 10 homes in a grade 2 listed brick built building. We are going to have a very different feel, utilising the original steel columns, lots of exposed timber and brick.
Kitchens are high specification, contemporary handle-less designer kitchens by Alno featuring integrated appliances. The bathrooms are fitted with a contemporary suite, featuring Villeroy & Boch wall mounted WC, Villeroy & Boch ceramic basin featuring Grohe mixer tap and white bath with hand shower attachment and fixed overhead shower.
The interior finishes of the rooms include wide plank oak timber engineered floors, neutral colour quality carpet, a matt emulsion finish on the ceilings, walls, skirting and architraves, washed exposed feature brickwork and wardrobes/walk-in wardrobes in the bedrooms.
With the penthouses we didn’t want to be pastiche so they are unashamedly modern with large open plan areas and large roof terraces.
Tom added: “It is a well-known site in Bristol which had been left unoccupied and undeveloped for a long time due to the constraints and difficulties in bringing the buildings back into use. We knew this was a landmark development opportunity that gave us a chance to offer a product with a high specification and unparalleled location that really hadn’t been available in Bristol before.”
The site was acquired in 2014 and work on the project has gone smoothly despite a number of challenges presented to those working on the development.
Andrew Taylor, Senior Project Manager said: “One of the first key challenges we came across was carrying out concrete repairs on the Cheese Warehouse. Cheese was one of the very first concrete buildings ever built in England using the Hennebique pioneered reinforced concrete technique dating back to the early 1930’s. Over the years a lot of the concrete had spalled so we had to carry out extensive repairs, certainly more than we first expected. The project has taken a little longer than anticipated but we are still in our period of time that we expected to complete.”
For those working on the project, the hope is that it will add to the Bristol dynamic, as well as reinforcing change within the city.
Nicky Ducent, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “The project is reinforcing the change around the Harbour side. The building is one of the last remaining warehouses to be converted and we are also adding a new public walkway which will change the visitor appeal to the area. Instead of walking on a busy road, you will be able to enjoy the views and tranquillity of walking along the harbour. The whole area has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and I think that this is a piece in the puzzle that makes it more of a vibrant destination.”
Nicky added: “These are exciting times in Bristol as we are due to release the final phase of the development in late Spring, having already successfully sold 50% of the development during the first release in September of last year.”