Nearly 300 homes planned for former airfield near Bristol

Artist's Impression of new homes at Brabazon

Portishead contractor Vertase FLI has been appointed to carry out enabling works for nearly 300 homes at the former Filton airfield near Bristol, famous for being the birthplace of Concorde.

The Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios-designed project will see building work on 278 homes start later this year.

The homes comprise the first phase of a wider mixed-use scheme to build 2,675 homes.

Developer YTL Developments said the new community will be known as Brabazon, after the aircraft which took its maiden flight from Filton in 1949.

The total development will be worth around £2bn.

A contractor to build the first 278 homes has yet to be appointed, YTL said, although completion of the initial phase is expected by the end of next year.