Work to start on Redland High School redevelopment
by Keri Beckingham
Redevelopment work is set to begin at Redland High School as planning permission has now been granted.
The building on Redland Court Road was previously home to Redland High School for Girls until it merged with Redmaids’ High School in Westbury-on-Trym in September 2017.
As previously reported in Bishopston Voice, Kersfield Developments Ltd submitted plans to turn the Grade II listed Redland Court and its land into 44 flats and houses, as well as carry out an internal and external restoration project. Following this, Kersfield was granted approval by Bristol City Council, subject to conditions being met, after last-minute amendments were made to the plans to include five apartments that would be sold under the shared ownership scheme.
Speaking of plans for the project receiving approval, Alex Fielden-Cook, development manager for Kersfield said: “After 130 years as a school, we’re delighted to be going ahead with plans to restore the Redland High School site for residential use once more – ensuring Redland Court is protected into the future.
“We are very proud and excited by the mix and variety of units we have planned across the site, ranging in style from a Georgian Palladian garden apartment to modern three-storey townhouses.
“In addition to making a financial contribution for the development of further affordable housing elsewhere in the city, we listened to feedback from councillors and amended the proposals to include five shared ownership homes in the Victorian former art building.”
Commenting on redevelopment of Redland High School, Martin Fodor, Green Party Councillor for Redland Ward said: “It’s good news that work is anticipated on this site at last.
"Redevelopment will protect much of the historic character of the famous Redland Court - which was recently researched by the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society.
“At an early stage we were warned that the restoration work could make affordable housing unviable. But the council has taken a more robust approach recently, I’m glad to say, and challenged the developer to provide some on site AND offer funds for more in the city.
"This ensures a more mixed choice of homes in our area, plus extra affordable homes elsewhere.”
Kersfield has said that as part of the project, the 1960s sports hall and east wing will be demolished and Redland Court will be restored. In addition, it is envisaged that the work will be completed in approximately 18 months, and that the housing units will be released in phases.