HTA are pleased to share our proposals for the regeneration of Filwood Park which were submitted for planning to Bristol City Council on behalf of Barratt Bristol earlier this month. The project in South Bristol is for 150 homes on a site that formerly housed support buildings for the old Bristol City Airport and an area of open public land. Barratt Homes won the competition with HTA designs to develop proposals for the site on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), following an outline proposal developed by the HCA. The site is a key part of the wider regeneration framework for the Knowle West area, creating a renovated park which will link Filwood Broadway with Hengrove Park, and including the Filwood Green Business Centre which offers affordable spaces suitable for local businesses. The HCA placed particular emphasis on the quality of the housing, with Filwood Park seen as an exemplar project that can inform the continuing regeneration and new development in this part of Bristol.
The park includes meadow areas planted with native species and belts of trees which safeguard the existing ecology and will grow the biodiversity that is present on the existing site, as well as providing a fantastic setting for the housing and usable space for local residents. A children’s play space is located at the centre of the park, with areas for more unstructured kick about activities around. A path wraps around the whole park offering a meandering route for dog walking or joggers and giving long views over Hengrove Park and across to Dundry Hill. The key pedestrian routes through the site from Filwood Broadway to Hengrove Park, and to the junction with Creswicke Road will be pleasant routes passing through the new housing, taking in the park including ecological areas and water attenuation features, and with long views beyond.
A crescent of houses looks onto the park creating activity along the park edge and overlooking of the public space. The housing layout is designed to provide this active park frontage as well as complete the urban block formed by the houses along Creswicke Road so that these houses no longer have unprotected rear gardens opening directly onto public space. The crescent is formed of paired eaves-fronted 2 storey houses which have a bedroom in the roof storey, with gable fronted 3-storey townhouses with first floor living rooms, to create a playful rhythm onto the public space and provide a variety of housing types to meet different needs.
A frontage of 3 and 4-storey flat blocks lines the adjacent Hengrove Way, with a generous set back from the road to address the main arrival points and Hengrove Park to the south. The frontage is subdivided into a series of vertical bays that have a similar width to the houses creating a shared language across the development. This frontage sits across from the already completed Filwood Green Business Centre and is the main vehicular entrance to the site.
The architecture across the development uses a red brick drawing on the appearance of the surrounding streets with the introduction of a white brick quoin to the window surrounds which helps to reflect more light into the homes and emphasises the importance of the views around the site. The brick detailing also includes corbelling and recessed shadow gaps that together give the buildings a human scale.