Community News

BoKlok on the Brook homeowners unable to move in for Christmas

BokLok homes on the site off Airport Road.

BoKlok on the Brook homeowners have been unable to move into their new properties in Knowle West before Christmas – due to a series of delays stretching up to a year.

Developers BoKlok – a partnership between Swedish companies Ikea and Skanska – have apologised to their customers and say they are “working tirelessly” to resolve issues.

The flagship development on Airport Road is the first in the UK, offering a choice of factory-built Scandinavian style one and two-bedroom apartments, alongside two and three-bedroom houses.

BoKlok show home. Picture BoKlok.

Planning permission was given in June 2020 for 173 homes on the council-owned green space near the entrance to Creswicke Road – a reduction from the original 200 planned following consultation with the community.

The name of the development comes from Brislington Brook which flows along the South Bristol ring road.

Work on the first phase of 98 homes began that year, with hoardings surrounding the site and residents living near observing the progress – including the first flat-packed homes arriving at the site by lorry and being winched in by crane.

In March 2021, BokLok announced the homes would be sold through a ballot system, with names of those expressing interest being drawn out of a hat.

First flat-pack BokLok home arriving on the site at Airport Road. Picture Esther Morrell.

Properties soon sold out and buyers were told they would be able to move in by Christmas that year. But delays meant the first 27 homes weren’t completed for owners to move into until May 2022 – and 71 are yet to be finished.

Buyers for those homes were previously told they could move in this Christmas – but have been left disappointed and in limbo. It is thought up to 100 people have been affected and the homeowners have formed a Facebook group to share their frustrations.

BokLok has said there have been a number of unforeseen issues on site as well as challenges which have affected the whole building industry.

Emma Plumridge, BoKlok Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We sincerely apologise to our customers for the delay in handing over their new homes. The circumstances are different for each household and the impact of these delays differ, dependent on where they are within the build phase. 

“This is not a position we anticipated being in and it is extremely disappointing given this is our first site in the UK. We are working tirelessly and have put in place additional resource and extended working hours on site to resolve the outstanding issues as soon as possible.” 

In the second phase – with work yet to begin – 75 new homes are being built as affordable homes in partnership with Bristol City Council.