Green light given to Host for new Bristol PBSA

After submitting plans to Bristol City Council for a new scheme in the city, Host Student Housing Ltd have been given to go-ahead to commence development.

CGI of the Freestone Road student accommodation development in Bristol | PBSA News
CGI of the Freestone Road student accommodation development in Bristol.

Student accommodation provider Host secures planning by the Council for Freestone Road, a purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Bristol city centre. Savills’ Bristol office acted as planning consultants.

Comprising 204 bedrooms, the scheme will be split across four buildings of six and eight storeys and will be linked by a series of footbridges, including residential amenities.

Located on Freestone Road, alongside the railway line into Temple Meads station, the PBSA development will sit directly opposite the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, which is currently being developed by the University of Bristol. It has been recognised as a catalyst for the wider redevelopment of Bristol Temple Quarter, the UK’s largest regeneration site.

“This development of much needed, high quality student accommodation will support the regeneration of Bristol Temple Quarter and the University’s ambitious vision for its new Enterprise Campus. Students will have a safe, stylish, and professionally managed place to live in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in which to study in the UK.”

John Nesbitt, Managing Director (MD), Host Student Housing Ltd

Designed by the Bristol branch of Chapman Taylor architects, the scheme aims to complement the industrial heritage of the wider Silverthorne Lane area. It will be delivered by the commercial property specialist Tiger Developments, sister company to Host and part of the O’ Flynn Group.

Freestone Road will be the second student accommodation development to be brought forward by Host, following approval in July 2022 for its Avon Street scheme, which will see 471 new bedrooms delivered by August 2026 – in line with the wider regeneration plans for the St Philip’s Marsh area of Bristol.