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Runners to get on the roof track
The track will go all the way around the roof

A running track on the roof of an apartment building is set to be the centrepiece of a 55m city development.

It is part of plans to re-develop an existing building in Bristol and is thought to be the first residential scheme of its kind in the UK.

The 225-metre track will offer residents the chance to go running without the need to leave home.

The six storey scheme, designed by developers Firmac, is expected to be completed by next year.

Along with the track, the development will include a communal amenity space, games club, barbecue area, a supermarket and office space.

'Spectacular view'

There will be some 255 apartments, ranging in price from 115,000 to 215,000.

Francis Firmstone, director of Firmac, said: "We hope that this development will force people to think more when it comes to designing flats.

"The sort of people that we think would be interested in buying a property here are those that like to keep fit, but for those who are less sportingly inclined there is an area with pool tables and barbecues."

He said the running track's location was spectacular and that the idea came when they visited the top of the existing building.

"When we went on to the roof for the first time we were blown away by the views," he added.

The development, designed by London-based architects 3W, is at the former Mail Marketing headquarters, where workers used to play netball on the roof during the early 1900s.

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