Historic lime kilns which have been turning the heads of passing motorists on the main A38 route into South Bristol are to be preserved for future generations.
Developers Griffiths uncovered triple lime kilns buried beneath tons of earth and vegetation as they pressed ahead with work on the South Bristol Link Road.
And city property specialist Paul Williams from Bruton Knowles believes preserving them for future generations will remind visitors of the area’s rich industrial heritage.
He said: “The lime kilns were uncovered during preparation work on the central leg of the new link road and it is great to hear they will now be preserved in much the same way as the chimney on Trooper’s Hill or the engine house at Vinney Green – signposts for a bygone era and a visible reminder of Bristol’s industrial heritage.”
The lime kilns are thought to have fallen out of use – and out of sight – during the 1930s and have been covered by shrubs and ivy ever since.
Paul Williams said the preservation scheme was a great opportunity to highlight the area’s rich industrial history in the context of one of the city’s newest transport routes.
“These kilns produced lime for improving soil quality and lime mortar for the construction industry – which is fitting given the amount of cement required to finish the most important trunk route in South Bristol since the Airport Road and Hengrove Way extensions.”
The long awaited new route – due to open later this year - will connect the Cater Road roundabout in Bishopsworth with the A370 at the bottom of the Long Ashton bypass.
Bruton Knowles has argued repeatedly for improved infrastructure on behalf of commercial property owners and occupiers across the area.
The new roundabout will be built where the new link road crosses the A38 Bridgwater Road.
“The new route will provide a direct link for the fast developing business communities in South Bristol, such as the Bottle Yard Studios and city council sponsored Filwood Green Business Park.
“The kilns will hopefully point the way to further business and commercial success in the area as new businesses are attracted by the improved road access, creating new jobs in the area and leading to further knock-on benefits not only for South Bristol but the wider region.”