First Base announces second project in Bristol

First Base has joined up with ethical investor FORE Partnership and extra care operator, Amicala to deliver their first extra care community in Bristol.

The site, purchased from Aurora, is on the grounds of the former St Christopher’s School, which closed in 2020, and comprises around 93,000 sq ft of existing buildings including the Grade-II listed Grace House. The scheme, which could see an investment of up to £80 million, will involve the sympathetic and sustainable refurbishment of the existing buildings as well as new development.

The Bristol extra care community will be designed to achieve the highest standards in sustainability and will be net zero carbon in operation, one of the only extra care communities in the UK to be NZC. The exemplar project will also be designed to deliver social benefit to the local community and promote principles of sustainable living and the circular economy, with a particular focus on on-site food production in partnership with local social enterprises, not only providing benefits in terms of environment but also boosting the wellbeing of residents who will have access to the gardens

First Base will be the lead development manager to deliver the project and engagement with local residents, businesses, and stakeholders will begin shortly.

Lucinda Mitchell, Director, First Base, said: “St Christopher’s has a rich history in Bristol and we very much look forward to engaging with local residents, businesses, Bristol City Council and key stakeholders over the coming months as we start to formulate the future plans. At the heart of the proposals will be a strong focus on high quality design, environmental sustainability, repurposing heritage buildings and delivering positive social impact to the local community.”