Ambitious plans have been put forward for the iconic Purifier House on Bristol’s Harbourside following a deal brokered by CJH Land.
The shell of the Grade II-listed East Purifier House in Gas Ferry Road which has stood empty and semi derelict for decades will now be converted into apartments following Citystay’s decision to sell the site to Linden Homes.
One of the last parts of the Harbourside scene to be regenerated, the old Purifier House site will be converted into 38 homes, with restaurants and shops.
East Purifier House will be converted into 26 flats with the shops and restaurant on the ground floor while a new boathouse-style building would be built on the western end of the site, with ten additional flats above more shops.
Flax Bourton-based CJH Land steered the deal through after several years of uncertainty and debate as to the future use of the landmark site. CJH Land director Chris Glover said: “This is one of the last sections of the Harbourside to be regenerated and has the potential to become the best waterside scheme in the city.
“Linden Homes have an outstanding reputation for delivering well thought out conversion projects and have completed several high-end schemes across the West. “This is a very important section of the Harbourside scene and it is important the ambitious regeneration programme is handled with sensitivity.”
East Purifier House is opposite the City of Bristol College site in Anchor Road. The Soil Association has announced plans to move into West Purifier House, which is closer to the junction with St George’s Road.
Citystay had originally bought the main building to use as offices and had obtained permission to change the use of the site. CJH Land then acquired the site for Linden Homes, who are hoping to make a start on the project as early as possible.
The East Purifier House, West Purifier House and Engine House made up the Bristol and Clifton Oil Gas Co - established on the site in 1823. Chris Glover said: “The buildings form an evocative group and although they have been derelict for years they still convey the strong sense of industrialisation which we ought to preserve as part of the Dockside heritage.”