Landmark building in Bristol set to be converted into new homes

Posted 25 October 2013

Residential property developer Kersfield Group has acquired Burwalls, one of Bristol's landmark buildings, from The University of Bristol with a view to developing a collection of high-quality new homes.

With a guide price of £4m, Burwalls, which was marketed by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle and Savills, commands an enviable location with far reaching views across the Avon Gorge and the city of Bristol.

The property was originally built as a private house in 1872 and having been commissioned by the War Office in 1939, was purchased by The University in 1948, providing residence and accommodation for staff and students. The property was most recently run as a training and conference centre and was licensed to carry out marriages.

Situated within the Leigh Woods Conservation Area, it comprises the main house, measuring 12,500 sq ft, together with a separate annexe building and a lodge set in mature landscaped grounds with a total site area of 4.88 acres.The Grade II-listed building has retained its original ‘Jacobethan' exterior and some of the original interiors.

Patrick Finch, director of estates at The University of Bristol, says: "Although we no longer have an operational need for Burwalls, we are delighted that the property, which has made an important contribution to the history of The University and the city of Bristol, is now in good hands for the future."

The Kersfield Group are currently in discussions with North Somerset Council in respect of their proposals to convert the main house into a number of luxury apartments with a select number of new houses set around the converted original stable block.

David Newton of the Kersfield Group remarks: "It is a rare opportunity to be able to acquire such a landmark building that is instantly recognisable and steeped in history. We hope to provide a number of luxury apartments and new homes that will appeal to potential buyers, without compromising the overall look of the property and its surroundings."

Ben Taylor, director development service at Savills, adds: "It has been a privilege to be involved in the sale of such an historic and unique property and we look forward to seeing what comes of this iconic building."



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