Bristol Civic Society Award

September 11, 2023


 The regeneration of the historic Brooks Dye Works in St Werburghs, has won the prestigious Bristol Civic Society Design Award – an annual award that recognises good quality design of buildings and improvements to the public realm of the city.

Acorn, along with our development partner, Galliard Homes, became the latest recipients of the Civic Society’s ‘blue plaque’ for delivering a residential scheme that breathed new life into the 19th Century former industrial units used by Brooks Dyers and Cleaners, that stood derelict in this part of the city for many years.

The Civic Society that runs the award scheme, is a voluntary body that exists to improve Bristol’s built environment and celebrate the city’s heritage.

The regeneration of the brownfield site at St Werburghs, was designed around the site’s iconic Victorian chimney and features 89 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Every home has access to communal outside space and allocated parking, which is difficult to find in this area of the city.

Pedestrian routes were designed to link the site to the surrounding areas of St Agnes and St Pauls and the neighbouring Mina Park, resulting in the scheme neatly integrating with the existing St Werburghs community, making the Brooks Dye development a living space where new and existing neighbourhoods can come together. The former Victorian factory’s tall chimney has been preserved with its original ‘Brooks Dye Works’ lettering, conserving this area’s rich heritage.

Commenting on this prestigious win, Robin Squire, Regional Managing Director of Acorn’s Bristol region, said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by the Bristol Civic Society for our design and vision at this landmark historical site.

“At Acorn, we pride ourselves in creating inspiring spaces for people to live and work – Brooks Dye Works really embodies this ethos. It has been so rewarding to see how the community has flourished at this scheme.”

Bristol Civic Society said: “The Brooks Dye Works scheme is a wonderful example of how history can be preserved and enrich the lives of those who live and work in these spaces today. The judging panel was particularly pleased to see families enjoy the public spaces and welcomed houses being built in central Bristol at high density, close to local amenities and contributing to local communities.”




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