Award-winning heritage developer City & Country is hosting a prospective buyers’ mortgage workshop at its Factory No.1 development, located on East Street in Bedminster on Saturday 28th January at 10am – 5pm, in partnership with mortgage specialist at FLH Mortgage Services, Fiona Harris.

With recent research finding that mortgage affordability is seen by potential homebuyers as the biggest barrier to buying a property[1];this helpful event will offer hopeful buyers the opportunity to speak to expert mortgage advisors for advice and support about purchasing a home in 2023. Also on hand will be City & Country’s sales advisors to provide practical information about the latest phase of new homes at the development.

Jennifer Rhodes-Finch, Head of Marketing at City & Country, commented: “We appreciate that buying a home is one of the biggest investments anyone is likely to make, and therefore we want to offer potential buyers as much support and advice as possible. It is important they understand the current market situation and what is available to them, such as the reduction in stamp duty, with no stamp duty required from first- time buyers purchasing property under £425,000, and government schemes available to buyers of new build properties, including Deposit Unlock, which only requires a 5% deposit. I believe many may be surprised to hear what is available to them and the potential ability to buy are better than they may presume. We would like to encourage anyone interested to come down and find out more!”

Fiona Harris, Mortgage Specialist at FLH Mortgage Services, added: “2023 has been off to a flying start with high enquiry levels from buyers firmly closing the door on the doom and gloom of last year. It is only a few weeks into the new year but we continue to see a large number of lenders still reducing interest rates for the customer, which added to the additional benefits of buying a new build such as lower utility bills, is encouraging. With thousands of products available it really is imperative that buyers talk to us – mortgage specialists.

“We are excited to be partnering with City & Country to provide advice and guidance on mortgages. We welcome attendees to book a dedicated mortgage appointment or just to simply pop in and have a chat.”

Recipient of a ‘Gold Award’ win for the ‘Best Starter Home Scheme’ category at the coveted WhatHouse? Awards – dubbed the Oscars of the housebuilding industry -, Factory No.1 has proved particularly popular with first-time buyers.

Once the site of Imperial Tobacco Company’s headquarters, a new chapter has started on East Street with homes being meticulously crafted from the former factory’s historic buildings, alongside five new apartment buildings. There are currently a range of one and two bedroom apartments available at the award-winning Factory No.1, which are set around beautiful landscaped gardens – offering a private oasis for residents in the heart of the city.

Exclusivity is key at this gated development, where residents enjoy an on-site concierge service and allocated parking to selected apartments.

The homes benefit from ultrafast broadband and a high specification, including smart thermostats, integrated SMEG appliances in the kitchen and porcelain wall and floor tiles in the bathroom.

Apartments in The Directors’ Wing, set within Regent House, have recently launched, with selected homes including restored, French polished wood panelling alongside an array of other beautifully restored original features, giving these apartments a unique character. For those who prefer new build, the Cutting Room apartments have just been released ahead of schedule due to incredible demand, comprising 42 stylish homes across nine storeys.

Only a five-minute walk from Bedminster train station, the development fits well into Bedminster’s rich cultural setting, and North Street’s array of independent bars, shops and restaurants.

Prices start at £270,000 for a one-bedroom apartment ranging up to £775,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Buyers who reserve in January can save up to £1,000* on legal fees on selected homes.

To find out more, call 01173 219 729 or visit