Back to Nature

Originally designed as a Garden Suburb, Southmead lies within a pleasant green environment of open parkland and wooded areas. Elderberry Walk embraces these surroundings completely and takes nature to heart.

Our generously spaced homes sit amid a green realm of private gardens, tree-lined avenues and footpaths. And at the heart of it all runs a wide landscaped lane, offering a safe and welcoming community space for residents and their families to meet and gather, relax and play.

The planting of orchard trees and edible hedgerows encourages foraging for fruit and berries while wildlife flourishes with help from meadowland areas and hidden homes for hedgehogs, bats, birds and insects.

The Design-Led Details

Designed by a winner of the Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture and winner of a prestigious National Housing Award, Elderberry Walk’s quality shines through in its thoughtful design.

House plots are unusually large in proportion, offering space, flexibility and abundant daylight and ventilation. Smart design touches include the porches and recessed lobbies, which create a welcome transition between public and private space while their colourful tiles make joyful expressions of individuality. Bike stores are cleverly secreted behind modern steel trellises for climbing plants.

Sustainability is central to our vision for a lasting community. In construction, we opted for prefabrication where possible, upping efficiency and preventing waste. In our energy supply, solar power plays a sizable part. And sustainable mobility is promoted through cycle storage facilities, electric car charging points, and our residents’ car-share club.

Socially Responsible

As mentioned by the World Economic Forum, Elderberry Walk is a considered, sustainable and socially conscious development, offering a balanced mix of tenures. By providing renters with a quality home at a fair rent, we’re encouraging people to take longer tenancies and feel a sense of belonging in the neighbourhood.

To uphold this promise to the Southmead community, Cheyne has formed a close partnership with Bristol City Council, United Communities housing association and Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC.

A vibrant, sustainable community where people will thrive for generations

Photography: Back to nature – Stephanie Krist. Socially responsible – Juliane Liebermann & Priscilla Du Preez.



As a socially responsible developer and a champion of multi-tenure communities, Cheyne does things differently, embracing new ideas, promoting great design and accelerating housing delivery.


Working tirelessly to meet the need for affordable and shared ownership homes in the wider Bristol area, United Communities is a housing association committed to making a positive impact on residents’ lives.

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