The area was predominantly a bleak post-industrial wasteland for decades. A 15 year programme has established Harbourside, with restaurants and cafes, new business premises, housing, leisure facilities and public spaces – and has helped transform not only the former docks but also Bristol itself.
The scheme has:
- created a variety of new streets and public spaces, reconnecting the city with the harbour including opening up views of the cathedral and Brunel’s SS Great Britain;
- unlocked access to an important stretch of waterfront facilitating a circuit around the harbour
- completed the Brunel Mile, the aim of which is to provide a pedestrian link across the city, spanning the area between Brunel’s Temple Meads Station and The SS Great Britain.
- innovative and sustainable design, including green wall technology, creative approach to urban drainage, soil remediation and the creation of floating habitats.
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Crest Nicholson Regeneration Ltd
Shortlisted for an LI Award 2015
The brief was to create a masterplan that regenerated a brownfield site in the heart of Bristol's former docks into a new vibrant, green quarter, reconnecting the city centre with the historic waterfront. The brief included a focus on creating a quality public realm and open up access along the waterfront and allow the public to connect with the water's edge.
Masterplan design team: Architect (Cullinan Studio) | Landscape Architect (Grant Associates)| Engineers (Arup/Hoare Lea) | Planning Consultant (Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners) | Cost Consultants (Gardiner and Theobald/Gleeds/Cyril Sweet) | Strategic Research (Opinion Leader Research); Traffic Consultant (Peter Evans Partnership).
The Public Art programme included the following artists: Tim Knowles, Sans Facon, Langlands and Bell, Richard Box, Julie Verhoeven, Janice Kerbal, Daphne Wright, Matt Calderwood, John Pym, Dail Behennah, Simon Faithfull and Mariele Neudecker. Individual Phases included the following architects; Cullinan Studio, Faulkner Brown, Stride Treglown, Childs and Sulzman, Fitzroy Robinson and AWW. Some phases also included ecologists, Biodiversity by Design.
The site was a former gas works site known as Canon's Marsh, which was dominated by two gas towers, numerous storage sheds, and a large expanse used as a car park.