Filton Airfield is steeped in history. It was home to Hurricane Aircraft in WW2 and the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel. Now, this historic local landmark is set to be transformed into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol.
The first phase of new homes to be built at Brabazon will form a highly sustainable residential quarter that will set the tone for the transformation of this 380-acre site.
The new neighbourhood will deliver 278 new homes: a range of family homes, private apartments and affordable homes all set within private gardens and community spaces. The homes are arranged on a clear network of legible streets.
A public square and sweeping crescent mark the entrances into the neighbourhood, with density increasing towards these entrances. Urban-scale terraces face the main routes and two-storey pitched-roof family houses line the quieter streets between.
FCBStudios has developed a family of housing typologies that responds to the heritage of the airfield on a residential scale. Through a diversity of house type and the arrangement of public and private space in the form of private and community gardens, public squares, and playspace, this vibrant new neighbourhood will encourage community and social interaction.
Filton Airfield was one of Britain’s great strategic airfields. It was home to the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, followed by Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Second World War.
Later, it pioneered the development of both the Brabazon, the first commercial airliner, and Concorde, the first supersonic passenger plane.
Streets and spaces are created at a scale that prioritises pedestrians. The tree-lined streets will offer seating and play space to encourage neighbourliness and interaction among residents.
Car parking is provided off-street and a network of cycle and pedestrian paths will connect with Bristol’s wider green infrastructure and ecological corridors, helping to promote sustainability within the new neighbourhood.