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New Bridewell Student Living

New Bridewell is a £20m new build student accommodation and mixed use scheme within the city centre of Bristol. It provides 500 new student beds, three new retail units with the provision of a new public route and public square. The proposal replaces an existing eight storey 1960s Police Headquarters building with a new structure culminating in a 15 storey landmark tower to provide a new gateway into the city centre. The building has also been designed to respond to, and complement the local listed assets within this historical location.

The new building continues the regeneration, as established by the local authority, of a run-down area and aims to improve the public realm and vibrancy within the Nelson Street area and strengthen pedestrian and public transport links through this part of the city.

Support for the Scheme

“The development is in an excellent location that would be a valuable addition to the stock of purpose-built student accommodation in the city. It will contribute to the requirement for such accommodation both by existing students and the expected increased number of students attending the university over the forthcoming years. We support the proposed development.” – University of Bristol spokesperson

Director’s Quote

“AWW has designed a Landmark tower to invigorate Nelson Street and Rupert Street, Bristol’s acknowledged townscape failures.”

Philip Bevan 

We are delighted with the decision from councillors at Bristol City Council to support the redevelopment of the New Bridewell site. Together with our Magistrates Court development [also designed by AWW], which is already on site following determination at committee last April, the two developments will provide a substantial enhancement to, and investment within, the Nelson Street area. Watkins Jones Group

Project Specification

£20 million
Bristol
2003 - 2016
Philip Bevan
Watkin Jones Group