The final piece of the regeneration jigsaw at Bristol Harbourside will finally go in place, after councillors on Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee voted to approve plans to regenerate the former gasworks site at Brandon Yard, Anchor Road. The site, which has been derelict for nearly 40 years, has seen previous attempts to regenerate it stumble due to viability challenges, most recently a proposal by the Soil Association to develop a new headquarters.
The site contains the ruins of two Grade-II listed buildings, West Purifier House and Engine House. The approved plans will see these two buildings fully restored, including the iconic chimney of Engine House. The scheme will also deliver improvements to the Harbourside Walk where it passes the site.
AWW worked closely with the applicants, Square Bay and Acorn Property Group (Bristol) and planning officers at Bristol City Council to design the scheme for 58 new homes. Despite the well-documented viability challenges associated with the former gasworks site, the scheme will deliver more than £500,000 toward local infrastructure, as well as a contribution of more than £360,000 to Bristol City Council’s affordable housing delivery budget. GVA’s Bristol office acted as planning consultants while community and stakeholder engagement was carried out by Bath-based Sulis Public Affairs.
A public exhibition of the proposals was held at the Harbourside Pavilion in September 2016 with more than 100 local residents attending. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with residents welcoming the opportunity to finally regenerate a site that is widely regarded as an eyesore on the Harbourside.
Robin Squire, Regional Managing Director of Acorn Property Group’s Bristol office added, “We are thrilled to have received the support of planning officers and councillors at the City Council for this exciting development. We are also pleased that we have managed to overcome the viability challenges that have prevented the development of this site for more than quarter of a century, while still being able to make a significant financial contribution to Bristol City Council’s plans to develop affordable housing in the city. Now that planning permission has been granted, we are ready to start work to deliver the long-awaited regeneration of Brandon Yard.”