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Iconic Burwalls sold

Jones Lang LaSalle sells former University building to Bath developer

Bristol, 22 October 2013 - One of Bristol’s landmark buildings has been sold to developers by leading property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle and Savills.
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Burwalls, located a stone’s throw from Clifton Suspension Bridge, has been bought from The University of Bristol by the Kersfield Group, a London and Bath based developer which specialises in high-quality residential conversion schemes.
With a guide price of £4m, Burwalls commands an enviable location with far reaching views across the Avon Gorge and the city of Bristol.

Paddy Sykes, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s residential team in Bristol said: “We liaised carefully with North Somerset Council and the Leigh Woods Society to ensure that any development proposals were sensitive to the surrounding landscape and we are confident that the Kersfield Group will achieve the right balance between historical preservation and sympathetic development.”
Ben Taylor, director development service at Savills added: “It has been a privilege to be involved in the sale of such an historic and unique property and we look forward to seeing what comes of this iconic building.”
The property was originally built as a private house in 1872 and having been commissioned by the War Office in 1939, was purchased by The University in 1948, providing residence and accommodation for staff and students. The property was most recently run as a training and conference centre and was licensed to carry out marriages.
Situated within the Leigh Woods Conservation Area, it comprises the main house (12,500 sq ft) together with a separate annexe building and a lodge set in mature landscaped grounds with a total site area of 1.975 hectares (4.88 acres).The Grade II listed building has retained its original ‘Jacobethan’ exterior and some of the original interiors.
The Kersfield Group are currently in discussions with North Somerset Council in respect of their proposals to convert the main house into a number of luxury apartments with a select number of new houses set around the converted original stable block.
Patrick Finch, director of estates at The University of Bristol added: “Although we no longer have an operational need for Burwalls, we are delighted that the property, which has made an important contribution to the history of The University and the city of Bristol, is now in good hands for the future.”
David Newton of the Kersfield Group, said: “It is a rare opportunity to be able to acquire such a landmark building that is instantly recognisable and steeped in history. We hope to provide a number of luxury apartments and new homes that will appeal to potential buyers, without compromising the overall look of the property and its surroundings."
Burwalls was marketed by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle and Savills.