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Top interior designer Kris Turnbull brings touch of luxury to Holywood development

By John Mulgrew

An award-winning interior designer is helping develop a series of large luxury homes in Co Down, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

Kris Turnbull is the designer behind the interior of the Twisel Brae development, based in Holywood. The development is being sold and marketed by Colliers, and built by Cobain Group and Akm Construction.

The eight detached homes will range from £550,000 to £750,000, and 2,200 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft, in the town centre development, located not far from Holywood’s Maypole.

Colliers is due to bring the properties to the market within the next two weeks, it’s understood.

The developers say that the “award-winning international interior architect and designer Kris Turnbull’s influence permeates the very fabric of these stunning homes”.

“With a deep understanding of how great design impacts on lifestyle and functionality, Kris and his experienced team have cleverly engineered these spaces to optimise their size, aspect and flow.”

The interior designer, who has based his business at a converted church on the Lisburn Road in Belfast, also owns top-end restaurant Saphyre.

David Menary of Colliers, said the “pioneering collaboration between The Cobain Group and Kris Turnbull Design brings an unprecedented level of interior and exterior finish to these homes”.

“The Colliers new homes team are thrilled to be bringing these unique, high specification properties to market — we anticipate significant interest from those who appreciate such a unique opportunity such as Twisel Brae.”

And aside from the luxurious fixtures and fittings on offer, those buying a property can also have the optional extra of top-end home automation.

That turns the houses into ‘smart homes’, including everything from door locks and window blinds to underfloor heating and alarms.

Established in 2007, Kris Turnbull Studios, which also has offices in London, works with private clients, prime development projects and boutique hoteliers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Those behind the new luxury homes say they are “inspired by the rich character of the surrounding woodland”.

“The interiors at Twisel Brae draw on the contrasts between rustic and refined,” said a spokesperson.

“Sleek, urban spaces achieve a new level of glamour and luxury through meticulous attention to detail in the materials and finishes.

“Clean lines and industrial references are softened by a neutral colour palette and use of stunning natural timber for effortlessly understated style.”

Elsewhere, one of KFC tycoon Michael Herbert’s property firms has been given the go-ahead to build a new luxury 104-apartment development in east Belfast.

His company Kirk Bryson wants to build Parklands, a new apartment development based at Knocknagoney in Belfast.

It will feature 104 apartments, including 18 one-bedroom flats along with 83 two-bedroom flats and three with three bedrooms.

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