Will Bristol’s regeneration plans bring new opportunities to the city?

Property & Construction | South West
Broad Street regeneration project in Bristol

Bristol’s Historic Quarter is set to see a new lease of life with extensive regeneration plans for the collection of buildings fronting Broad Street, which include Natwest Court.

Broad Street was one of the four original streets around which Bristol was founded in Saxon times and among the buildings there is a fascinating network of medieval streets and passageways.

These will all be preserved and landscaped as part of the new plans. The regeneration site includes a mix of listed buildings and more modern structures, including the ornamental Everards Printing Works building with its unique Art Nouveau façade which is intended to become the grand entrance of a new hotel.

The award-winning developers of the site, Artisan Real Estate Investors, are working closely with Bristolian architects Alec French to manage the renovations.

The extensive proposals for this mixed-used regeneration project will bring a wealth of opportunity to the city and have been carefully considered to ensure minimum disruption to the local community and a focus on environmental sustainability.

An experienced team with a strong reputation in Bristol will be drafted in to minimise the risk to adjoining listed buildings during the works, including the Grade I listed St John’s the Baptist church.

Clive Wilding, Property Director of Artisan said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to redevelop such a historic area that is currently under-utilised. Bristol is a unique city with a fantastic story to tell and we look forward to bringing this site back to life.

“We’re keen to complement the City Council’s aspirations for the Nelson Street Public Realm Strategy by improving accessibility and creating new employment, living and leisure opportunities to benefit the local community.”

A programme for progressing a planning application has yet to be agreed with the city council, but updates will be provided through the local media as plans develop.

Once completed, the proposed site will boost the local tourism and business economy with a new 250 room 4* hotel with meeting and conference facilities, creating plenty of jobs.

In an addition, a five-storey residential block of one-bed and studio flats will provide an excellent living location for professionals and commuters. Further serviced apartments in a separate three-storey block will attract overseas visitors for work and study, and proposed retail units will bring new shops and eateries to the area.

Robin Gray of Alec French explains said: “Having designed Natwest Court when it was built in the 1970s, it is wonderful for Alec French Architects to be able to return to re-purpose the building. There are some breathtaking views and vantage points from the building and we will be incorporating these into the design to create exceptional guest accommodation and private residences, and plan to fully utilise the roof space in a way that is sensitive to the adjoining historical buildings.”

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