Work underway to create new homes from vacant office block

Catherine’s House

Work is well underway to create scores of new apartments at Catherine’s House, a former office block in Bedminster, that has laid empty for many years.

Conversion work started last autumn to convert the building on Dalby Road into 54 contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments.

The light and airy apartments in the eight-storey building are designed for modern living, with flexible living spaces. Many have dual aspect windows and far-reaching views from Dundry to the East and as far as the Suspension Bridge, to the north West.

The apartments, which are aimed primarily at the local market and first-time buyers, are being launched on Saturday 9th June, when two fully-furnished show apartments will be available to view. The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is available at Catherine’s House.

The external appearance of the building, which has long been an issue with the local community, is also set to be upgraded with a new modern residential façade.

The apartments mark the first step in the regeneration of St Catherine’s Place, a one-acre site bordered by Dalby Avenue to the east and south and East Street to the north. The site consists of a vacant office building (Catherine’s House) together with a purpose-built shopping centre dating back to the late 1960s and flats above.

The company behind Catherine’s House is local property developer Firmstone Developments which bought the whole St Catherine’s Place site last July.

Firmstone Developments has delivered several projects in Bedminster over the past decade and created over 400 new homes in the area. The firm’s schemes span from small regeneration projects like national award-winning The Pantile and Farley’s Yard on Coronation Road to large-scale mixed-use regeneration projects.

Francis Firmstone, director of Firmstone Developments said: “By converting St Catherine’s House into flats rather than demolishing it, we have been able to start delivering new homes quickly. This option is also sustainable as we are re-purposing an old office building. These homes are being designed to appeal mainly to the local market and first-time buyers, and we’re pleased to be able to get the regeneration of the area underway.”