Cubex welcomes green light for next phase of Finzels Reach
Local developers Cubex have welcomed the decision by Bristol City Council’s planning committee to approve their plans for a balanced mixed-use scheme to regenerate the former fire station headquarters site in the heart of the city centre.
The plans have been designed to help to meet the pressing need for housing in the city centre, support Bristol’s growing economy and uplift the whole area. They form the next phase of the much-praised Finzels Reach, a new neighbourhood already created out of a derelict, brownfield, city centre site on Bristol’s harbourside.
The scheme includes 297 homes, including 231 build-to-rent apartments and over 20% affordable homes, a cutting-edge sustainable office for 1100 staff to support Bristol’s growing economy and £2.4m investment in improvements to the area around the site. These include new landscaping, traffic management, pedestrian and cycle routes which will help make the area more attractive area and foster a strong sense of community.
Now the green light has been given by planners, work is set to start this autumn on demolishing the existing vacant buildings, making way for a dramatic £140m transformation of this neglected site.
Gavin Bridge, executive director at Cubex, said: “We’re extremely pleased with Bristol City Council’s decision and have worked very hard over the past two years with our team to produce a set of high quality designs that delivers real benefits for Bristol – much-needed homes, including over 20% affordable which is in line with the Council’s policy and new leading-edge office space to support our economy and attract and retain the very best businesses. We’ll also be making a major investment into the area surrounding the site to make it much more attractive place for people to spend time and to connect it much better with its surroundings.
“Our priority is to create balanced communities and an environment that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. We have been hugely encouraged by the success of Finzels Reach so far and we’ve continued to prioritise sustainability, wellbeing and digital connectivity in each of our buildings to ensure they meet the needs of the local community and wider city into the future.
“We recognise that major change in an area which has only had sparse low-level buildings for many years has been challenging for some people but there is a widespread recognition that with growing city populations, we have to build more densely in the limited spaces available in central areas if we are to deliver the homes and workspace a place like Bristol needs.”