Mayor marks start of major development work

Mayor George Ferguson (left) with Stuart Hatton, MD of Wapping Wharf

Mayor George Ferguson (left) with Stuart Hatton, MD of Wapping Wharf

Mayor George Ferguson has marked the start of work on a major redevelopment scheme in Bristol.

The final piece of the jigsaw to regenerate Bristol’s iconic Harbourside got underway last week at Wapping Wharf, one of the most significant schemes the city has seen in recent years.

Developed by Umberslade in a joint venture with Muse Developments, this first phase of construction will feature 194 residential apartments, including 26 affordable homes.

It will also include 865 sq metres of retail and leisure space as well as a new pedestrian pathway linking south Bristol and the Harbourside.

George Ferguson, comments: “Development at Wapping Wharf is another sure sign that confidence has returned to the Bristol property market, where there is now more activity than in any British city outside London.

“This is one of the most important Harbourside regeneration projects in recent years.

“It will include a pedestrian and cycle route linking south Bristol to the centre, creating better access and encouraging people to enjoy the new restaurants, cafes, M Shed and other attractions on offer.”

Stuart Hatton, director of Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) Ltd, comments: “Wapping Wharf is the last key regeneration site on the Harbourside and the start of construction work is a move in the right direction for the Bristol economy.

“With other speculative projects such as 66 Queen Square, 2 Glass Wharf and the final phase of Crest Nicholson’s Harbourside development getting off the ground, it signals the resurgence of the Bristol property market and increasing levels of confidence in the industry.”

Preparatory work on Wapping Wharf started late last year, following a £12 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), through its Get Britain Building programme.