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Creating a vibrant community in Bristol's historic harbour
Phase One coming soon New pedestrian walkway linking the south of the river with the harbourside New public landscaped square
Wapping Wharf will be the new waterside quarter that the city has been waiting for. Located on the south side of Bristol’s historic harbour on derelict land behind the new M Shed, the museum of Bristol, the area will be transformed into a lively community of up to 625 new homes, individual shops, offices, cafes and restaurants.
Drawing on the success of thriving independent shopping and eating areas such as the Lanes in Brighton and the Castlefield area in Manchester, Wapping Wharf will be a vibrant new neighbourhood where people can shop, eat and relax in a lively dockside environment.
Wapping Wharf will form a welcome link between the existing residential community of Bedminster and Southville and the city centre. There will be a new tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route lined with restaurants and shops, linking Gaol Ferry Bridge through to the waterfront, where a new public landscaped square will provide a focus for the area providing an external exhibition space for the M Shed and a place to sit and relax.
Wapping Wharf lies within the City Docks Conservation Area. In the past, it was used for shipbuilding followed by the old gaol, then large dockside warehouses that were bombed and replaced with newer post-war buildings to form the railway sidings.
Today, it features an industrial dockside strip with its characteristic cranes set against the backdrop of the new M Shed and the site has now been cleared for development. The architecture of the new quarter will reflect the gritty industrial character of the dockside edge, incorporating fragments of the old
gaol and other historic buildings on Cumberland Road and echoing the industrial heritage of the museum and cranes.
Stuart Hatton, director of Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) Ltd, which owns and is developing the site says: “Our intention is to create a lively waterside community at Wapping Wharf. We’ve worked hard to retain the gritty industrial nature of the existing dock edge and are planning to retain and restore many of the key listed buildings, and incorporate the historic gaol gates and walls into the architecture.”
“The first phase of the development will provide the important route through from Gaol Ferry Bridge and to the new public landscaped square, providing a new connection between the south of Bristol and the City Centre.
Work now underway at Wapping Wharf
The first residential apartments at Wapping Wharf are now for sale. The one and two bedroom homes offer prospective buyers the chance to live in wharf-style buildings in the heart of the bustling city centre.
Developed by Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) in a joint venture with Muse Developments, phase one of the development will feature 194 residential apartments, including 26 affordable homes, and 865 sq. metres of retail and leisure space.
Gaol Ferry Steps, a new stepped and ramped pedestrian route will run from Gaol Ferry Bridge, the existing footbridge over the Cut, through the site to Museum Square, a new public landscaped square on the waterfront by the M Shed.
The buildings will reflect Bristol’s harbourside history with their gritty dockside character and materials such as timber shiplap, brickwork, render and old cobblestones salvaged from the building site.
The designs will feature pitched roofs mirroring the shape of the wharf buildings that traditionally lined the docks.
Sustainability is key to this development, with photo voltaic (PV) panels fitted to provide electricity to common areas of the development. A central plant room will be operated, meaning hot water and heating are centrally generated, designed to be gentler on the environment and lighter on the wallet with cheaper bills.
The apartments are expected to be ready for their first residents by early 2015, and prices start from £180,000. To find out more, visit the Marketing Suite at the Mud Dock Deli (open every day from Saturday 14 June, 10am-5pm) or call 0117 930 5678 to make an appointment.
When complete, Wapping Wharf will provide a total of over 600 homes, as well as local shops, cafes, restaurants and offices.
Most of the site area is owned by Umberslade but the Masterplan also covers waterfront land and buildings, including M shed, owned by Bristol City Council.
Phase 2 Proposals
Development proposals for Phase 2 of the Wapping Wharf Masterplan area will shortly be submitted to Bristol City Council as a Reserved Matters Planning Application.
Public consultation on the initial proposals was undertaken in June and feedback from key stakeholders, neighbours and the community together with discussions with statutory consultees, have helped to inform the final scheme.
Phase 2 will provide 325 apartments, office space, shops and car parking on four blocks located to the east of Phase 1, on land bounded by Cumberland Road, Wapping Road and the new access road through the site. The remaining blocks to the north of the site, behind M Shed, will come forward at a later date.
Details of the proposed layout, form and architectural treatment of the proposed development were shown at consultation
held in September, and a copy of the exhibition boards is available to view below.
Phase 2 development proposals, September 2014
View Public Consultation Boards 1 - 4
View Public Consultation Boards 5 - 12
Once the planning application has been registered by the Council the full suite of planning documents will be available to view on online at www.bristol.gov.uk, following links to the planning portal, where you can also make any formal comments as part of the statutory consultation process.
If you have any further queries about this consultation please contact: Consultation co-ordinator, Avril Baker at ABC on 0117 977 2002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Who is Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) Ltd?
Q. Has a planning application for this part of the site already been submitted?
Outline planning consent in the form of a masterplan for the whole Wapping Wharf site was granted in 2006. This established the development principles such as quantum of development, the layout and overall height of buildings, access and public realm .Then in 2007 planning approval was given for the details of the public realm landscaping strategy and infrastructure across the whole site. The masterplan also sets out the retention and restoration of some key listed buildings which will enhance the City Docks Conservation Area and pave the way for new landscaped public spaces and routes through to the water’s edge.
Q. How can people make comments on the proposals?
Phase 1 development
Phase 2 Site
Q. Which part of the site do these latest proposals relate to?
Q. What is proposed for the rest of the site?
Q. What is being proposed in this second phase?
Blocks D and E comprise apartments of various sizes for the private for sale and rental market. There are also 6 shop units. Block F, the Grade 2 listed JS Fry Warehouse, is to be restored with a timber tiled roof to provide office accommodation on a new mezzanine floor. Below this will be car parking. Block G will provide affordable apartments.
Q. Will there be affordable homes within this phase – if so how many and will they be rented or shared ownership
Q. What type of housing is being proposed i.e houses or flats and no. of bedrooms?
Q. Will there be any family housing with gardens?
Q. What is happening to the old Gaol Gate?
Q. Do these plans affect the running of the Harbour Railway?
Q. Will the new residential areas be gated?
Q. What is the proposed palette of materials?
Q. Will there be public art
Q. What sort of landscaping will there be in this second phase?
Q. When will building work start on Phase 2 and when will the new buildings be completed?
Work on Block F is scheduled to run from March 2015 to September 2015, with the main construction work starting in May/June 2015, and likely to run for 2 years.
Q. When will the rest of the site come forward?
Q. What provision is there for cyclists in Phase 2?
Q. What is happening regarding the BRT route which is planned to run through the site, behind M Shed?
Q. What car parking provision is being made as part of the new development?
Q. What will happen to the remaining part of Wapping Wharf car park?
Q. What sustainable measures and features are being proposed?
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