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Sovereign Housing, Barton Hill


Barton Hill is part of the New Deal for Communities inner city regeneration area in Bristol, which also covers the neighbouring areas of Lawrence Hill, Redfield and the Dings.

The local area Masterplan offers significant new housing provision and sustainable improvements to education, health, employment and the environment over a 10 year period. In June 2005, Sovereign Housing Group secured a PROJECT Creative Homes Award to employ the artist David Cotterell as part of the design team for the second phase of the housing development, which includes around 65 mixed tenure homes alongside a new urban park.

With particular sensitivity to resident aspirations, the programme has achieved a greater integration between building construction, the public realm and public art. By engaging the project artist as a member of the design team at an early stage, an opportunity was created for genuine collaboration, innovation and enhancement of the design proposal.