Next phase of Finzels Reach regeneration recommended for approval

Plans to transform a key city centre site into a high-quality sustainable development of hundreds of new homes and leading-edge offices have been recommended for approval.

The major regeneration project marks the next phase of Finzels Reach, a new, thriving neighbourhood already created out of a derelict, brownfield, city centre site on Bristol’s harbourside.

The plans by Bristol developer Cubex for the former headquarters site of Avon & Somerset Fire and Rescue will deliver 297 homes, including 231 build-to-rent apartments and over 20% affordable homes, helping to meet the pressing need for housing in the city centre.

A cutting-edge office building for around 1100 workers will help support Bristol’s growing economy and significant investment in improvements to the area around the site, including new landscaping, traffic management, pedestrian and cycle routes, will help create a more attractive area and foster a sense of community.

The site on the opposite side of Counterslip from the current Finzels Reach development now stands derelict and has been identified by Bristol City Council as an area for more dense urban development. The £140m scheme has been designed to create a strong identity with a sense of place and a high quality environment for people to live and work, whilst ensuring it connects well to the surrounding area and compliments the heritage buildings nearby, such as the Grade II listed Generator Building, Lead Shot Tower and Temple Church.

Gavin Bridge, executive director at Cubex, said: “We are very keen to continue the regeneration at Finzels Reach by replacing poor quality, concrete structures with high-quality homes, offices and public spaces. We have managed to line up both the partners and the funding to get this site moving and everything is now in place for us to start work, if we get planning consent next week.”