After years of standing  boarded up and abandoned on the busy junction of East Dundry Lane, Whitchurch Lane and Fortfield Road, contractors began demolishing the landmark site earlier this week.

The deal, brokered by Colliers International’s Development Consulting and Agency team on behalf of the Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance, will see Knightstone Housing develop the derelict site – which was abandoned in 2007 after a host of structural problems.

Knightstone and the Diocese have entered into construction contracts with Seddon who will build  the new homes, church and community complex on  their behalf.

Colliers International’s Chris Dawson said: “St Augustine’s church has been a South Bristol landmark for many years – for all the wrong reasons. Residents and churchgoers have waited patiently for this scheme to come to fruition and can finally look future to a smart new homes, church worship and community facility on this important site.”
 
Built in the early 1970s the church had become increasingly derelict, forcing the congregation over the road to worship at Bridge Farm School.

Chris Dawson said: “Although a standout building in its time, St Augustine’s was plagued with difficulties from the start. The striking angled roof proved particularly prone to problems. 

“The bell tower was taken down, lead was stolen from the roof and the church itself was finally closed in 2007 after fears as to the structural integrity of the building.

“Work is now well on the way to complete the demolition and clear the site ready for the next phase.”

Knightstone Housing’s Project Manager John Kearney commented: “The demolition of the church and vicarage marks a critical milestone in this project, making way for the redevelopment of the site and the delivery of 18 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership which are much needed in the local area.”