Public asked for views on regeneration of Bristol Harbour

Residents and visitors to Bristol are being invited to share their views on the future of the city’s Floating Harbour.

Bristol City Council, in collaboration with urban design specialists DK-CM, is  hosting Shaping Bristol’s Harbour, a temporary exhibition at M Shed.

Running from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 17 December, the exhibition aims to engage people from across Bristol in the future of the city’s iconic harbour, covering the area from Underfall Yard in the west to Temple Meads Station in the east.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol’s historic harbour must become an asset for the benefit of our whole city. We want it to be enjoyed not just by those who are already familiar with all it has to offer, but also by local people who may have never or only very rarely visited our harbour.

“This is a crucial stage of the regeneration process and will help us to create a strategy that will shape a harbour fit for Bristol and captures the essence of the city’s aspirations as well as how we will achieve them.”

Bristol has witnessed impressive regeneration milestones over the past four decades, such as Wapping Wharf, Finzels Reach, and the ss Great Britain visitor attraction.

The council is also moving ahead with the transformation of Bristol Temple Quarter, which will see the regeneration of areas around Temple Meads station and St Philip’s Marsh.

Despite these successes, the infrastructure and public spaces along the harbourside are in need of investment to reach their full potential.

The council is committed to working with residents and businesses to rejuvenate this historic waterfront and make sure Bristol has a thriving and accessible destination that can be enjoyed by all of the city’s communities and visitors.

Preparation of a vision for Bristol Harbour is in the early stages, and the event at M Shed is an opportunity to shape a series of vision statements. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore historical postcards of the harbour, gaining insights into its rich past, and then play a role in creating a vision for its future.