Redrow Homes have offered hoardings at a development in Bedminster to two local graffiti artists to decorate for charity
Bedminster-born street artist Cheo and graffiti writer Soker were invited to spray paint the 12-metre by 2.3-metre boards which stand in the housebuilder’s Abode, Bedminster site.
The finished artwork will remain in place until construction at the Abode site is completed. The hoardings are then to be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to National Association of Children for Alcoholics (NACOA), Upfest’s chosen charity.
Cheo is one of Bristol’s best-known street artists who started drawing and painting graffiti images in the mid-1980s. His trademark cartoon style has been inspired by the comic book characters of Vaughn Bode.
Working over several hours, the pair completed a colourful image featuring a commuter cycling to work and a couple enjoying some peace in the park.
Hannah Pollard, sales director at Redrow South West, said: “Bedminster is famously the home of Europe’s biggest street art festival Upfest so it made sense to hand over the hoardings to Cheo to work his magic.
“He’s done a fantastic job and really brings the boards to life with his colourful artwork. It will bring a smile to the face of anyone visiting the Abode development and hopefully the many street art fans who will be flocking to Bedminster at the end of July.
“This is a definite departure from Redrow’s usual style but as a company we’re always keen to do something different and the results look fantastic.”
Construction began on the Abode at Bedminster development last year and more than a fifth of the plots sold off-plan before the site was even accessible to view – the most ever sold off-plan from Redrow’s South West office.
When completed, the site will boast 110 new homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom family homes.
Just 20 minutes’ walk from Bristol city centre, the site is Redrow’s only ‘Abode’ development in the South West region. The Abode designs are aimed at maximising the feeling of space for city centre dwellings. The interiors are centred around open plan living to allow light and air to flow through the homes, with contemporary designs, inspired by 1920s and 30s Art Deco style.
The development was a major departure from Redrow’s usual projects, being a city centre site which, standing on the site of an old gasworks, required extensive demolition and clearing work before construction could begin.
The Abode homes are super energy-efficient, offering 35 per cent over homes built just 10 years ago, with the capacity to reduce fuel bills by more than £550 per year.
A total of 18 properties have now been completed and are occupied and Redrow has already sold out all properties available at Abode between now and Christmas – half of the 110-plot development is now sold.
For more information about the Abode Bedminster development, visit redrow.co.uk/abodebedminster