Ambitious plans will transform derelict land in centre of Bristol

St Philips scheme

Ambitious plans to transform a derelict corner of Bristol have been unveiled by developers.

The plans to transform a piece of land in St Philips Marsh include a 16-storey tower block as well as open spaces and landscaping.

The proposal includes a new cycling hub at the foot of St Philip’s Footbridge ramp with a green, landscaped garden, café and bike workshop, open to everyone.

The site is on Albert Road the other side of the distinctive blue railway bridge and includes a former warehouse.

Architects AHMM, and London-based landscape architect and horticulturist Churchman Thornhill Finch have been taken on by Avon Capital Developments.

AHMM director Cormac Farrelly said: “This site is just 300 metres from the university’s new campus, and St Philip’s Bridge will become a busy, key route for local residents and students as part of the huge Temple Quarter regeneration.

“At the moment crossing over the bridge into St Philip’s is far from a welcoming experience. You’re greeted by the back walls of industrial units, it is poorly lit and really quite hostile.”

He adds:  “We are seeking to transform this site into a vibrant hub at this key intersection, that can be enjoyed by local residents, commuters and the students that will be moving into this area to study at the new university campus.

“We have designed a scheme we believe will set the bar for all the development to follow in this area.

“As one of the very first proposals in this part of the wider Temple Quarter regeneration area, we want the development to be a catalyst for high quality regeneration.”

Developer Avon Capital has owned the site for many years. There are three existing tenants, including Valesco Fitness Collective which will have a new gym space designed into the scheme. The number of jobs on the site is expected to treble from 15 to 45.

Avon Capital’s Ashley Whittome added: “Given how close the site will be to the new Bristol University campus, we feel it is a logical and highly sustainable place for new purpose-built student accommodation.

“But there is also an opportunity to create an attractive meeting place for the whole community at this important junction.

“We are looking to create a stunning new building and invest in high-quality public open space.”


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