Brabazon shortlisted for prestigious Housing Design Award

The first phase of new homes at the former Filton Airfield has been recognised as one of the best-designed developments in the country

The first phase of new homes at Brabazon – the new neighbourhood being built on the site of the historic former Filton Airfield – has been shortlisted for the most prestigious and long-standing awards for residential development in the country: The Housing Design Awards.

The news is the second major announcement this week following the news that final planning approval has been granted for the YTL Arena Complex at Brabazon Hangars.

The Housing Design Awards are unique in that they are promoted by all 5 major institutions for property professionals*. Originally launched in 1948, the Awards began just a year before the pioneering aeroplane which gives Brabazon its name first took to the skies.

The new homes at Brabazon have been designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Based in Bath, the firm is responsible for some of the most innovative and high-profile architectural projects in the South West, including the restoration of Bath Abbey.

The homes at Brabazon are more spacious than average, with generous rooms, oversized windows and soaring double-height ceilings in selected homes. Not only that, but the architecture is also designed to reflect the heritage of the historic former Airfield.

The homes are built of solid red brick, matching the material of the listed aircraft hangar 16U which will also be restored as part of the first phase. The rooflines of the houses also echo the profile of an airplane’s tail-fin, as well as orienting the solar panels to the South to maximise their energy efficiency.

Construction of their homes was well underway before the appearance of Covid-19. However, YTL Developments still anticipate that the first new residents will move into their new homes in 2021.

 Seb Loyn, Planning & Development Director at YTL Developments said:

“Brabazon was the birthplace of Concorde; we have always felt that we needed to be different to live up to that legacy.

“We’ve made some bold design choices as a result: our homes are much more spacious than the norm and many feature double-height ceilings. But it’s also the design details that really add up to make the homes distinctive. This nomination is great recognition to the whole team for their hard work.”

 Andy Theobald, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said:

“Brabazon is set to become not only a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol, but one of the most exciting new neighbourhoods in the South West. It’s a unique opportunity to design a new neighbourhood in such a historic site and to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award for our very first phase shows the huge potential of this special site.”

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 * The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), The Landscape Institute, The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.