Office block to become student digs in overhaul
AN UNSIGHTLY office block in the centre of Bristol is to get a major facelift complete with a new public square.
The firm which owns Froomsgate House has announced plans to convert the building close to the city centre into student flats. The scheme will also include clearing up the area and knocking down two concrete footbridges which link the building to the rest of the city centre.
Froomsgate House, which was built in the early 1970s, stands on a traffic island close to the city centre where the A38 meets St John's Bridge, a cut-through to Lewins Mead.
It was one of the first buildings to be bought by the owners who have decided the time has come to breathe new life into the property.
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The building was used as offices by various firms including a recruitment agency but the growing demand for student accommodation has led to the change of plan.
As well as the student flats there will also be new shops and bars at the bottom of the building.
An application has been lodged with Bristol City Council, and is expected to come before a committee by the end of the year.
The planning application has been put together by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle on behalf of the owner of the building Wainbridge Global Opportunities.
The scheme will include:
â A total of 438 student bedrooms
â New ground floor shops and bars
â A new public square and landscaping and improvements to the facade of the building
â The demolition of the footbridges linking Froomsgate House to Trafalgar House and Greyfriars.
Kevin Hunt, associate director at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: "The redevelopment of Froomsgate House will promote the regeneration of this part of Bristol and will deliver an active and lively use which helps to link Broadmead and the city centre.
"The removal of the walkways has been a long standing aspiration of the local community and we are pleased to be able to deliver what they've long been asking for."
He added: "We have worked with the council and the local community to bring forward these proposals which represent a major investment into the city."
Rob Rackind, from Wainbridge, said: "Froomsgate House was one of Wainbridge's first investments, and we are excited about improving this high profile building and creating an attractive new facility for city's large student population and the local community."