Tyndall Avenue

Tyndall AvenueThe University has announced that it will bring forward its ‘Tyndall Place Programme’. The first stage is to pedestrianise Tyndall Avenue. The intention is to establish a strong identity at the University’s heart by developing a pedestrian-focused high quality public space. Subsequent projects will refurbish the Sports Centre, the Computer Centre and Senate House, to make it the student services centre, and to build a new University library on the Hawthorns Hotel site. If the Council grants outline planning permission the University will apply for a Stopping Up Order to prohibit motor vehicle use. Pedestrianisation will allow the removal of most traditional kerbs and barriers to movement and the redesign and repaving of the whole area. The 9, 16 and 72 buses would be diverted to St. Michael’s Park from Tyndall Avenue. To permit widening St. Michael’s Park the University will transfer land taken from service areas behind University buildings.

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St.Thomas Street, Redcliffe

21 St Thomas Street21 St. Thomas Street, Redcliffe

The site is at the corner of St. Thomas Street and Mitchell Lane. The major Redcliff Quarter regeneration scheme stands on the opposite side of St. Thomas Street. The developer has planning permission to demolish the existing 1960s, 5-storey office building, which ignores the material palette of the Redcliffe Conservation Area. The replacement building would be accommodation for 387 students and would not create a locally unacceptable concentration of students. The new building would be 9-floors tall, stepping down to 7-floors in Mitchell Lane towards Victoria Street.

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Temple Circus B & C

Temple CircusThe item follows on from ‘Land at Temple Circus – Engine Shed 2’, which describes the development to follow the Temple Gate gyratory removal. The picture shows the wire outlines of the proposed development viewed from the Temple Meads Station car park. On the left is the George and Railway Hotel, next Block A, Engine Shed 2, then Blocks B & C. Blocks B & C, the remainder would deliver 30,000 sqm of new office accommodation, 2,000 sqm of retail uses, public realm, landscaping, site servicing and car parking. 

Update, December 2017: The outline planning application for Blocks B & C has planning permission. The Society originally opposed the scale of the proposed buildings and the loss of the locally listed Grosvenor Hotel. Subsequently the developer revised the height of the buildings, which Officers considered to be in keeping with the scale of the city centre. However, the views from the station are unsatisfactory, and the relationship with St. Mary Redcliffe appear compromised.

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McArthur’s Warehouse

McArthurs warehouse 1McArthur’s Warehouse, Gas Ferry Road – the image is a view of the scheme from looking northwest along Gas Ferry Road towards Great Western House.

Update: On the 29th November 2017 Councillors approved the planning application. The Society supported the redevelopment but joined Historic England and the Bristol Urban Design Forum in their criticism of the height of the scheme in the Harbour Conservation Area and next to the Great Britain. Although the provision of affordable housing is not policy compliant, Officers recommended approval based on the planning balance. They said that whilst a reduction in scale may be desirable it would adversely affect the viability of the scheme, and the affordable housing provision. Officers recognised that the application would result in some harm, to designated heritage assets, they considered that the benefits of the scheme would outweigh that harm subject to a section 106 agreement to secure the affordable housing.

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Glass Wharf

4 Glass Wharf4 Glass Wharf, Avon Street

The building at the bottom right of the drawing is the proposed office building and would contain 7 floors above a ground floor of office accommodation. A bridge will link it to next door office building, 3 Glass Wharf. The Government will occupy both buildings. There will be a green rooftop plant and photovoltaics area. The Society’s supports the Old Market Community Association who object to the scheme, which exceeds the scale of the 2003 masterplan. Although the building, will step down towards The Dings it would still overbear and overshadow the housing on the opposite side of Anvil Street and compromise the amenities of its residents. If the Council accepts the height and mass of the current scheme the Society made several suggestions.

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Redcliffe Wharf

Redcliffe Wharf small

Update - On the 15th November Councillors approved the redevelopment scheme, which will commence in the New Year.
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This is the last substantial area of land left undeveloped around the Harbour. The Council became the land owner in the Middle Ages. Negotiations to redevelop the waterside site where the Matthew was built have continued for 10 years. Finally, the Council’s preferred developer has applied for planning permission. Complex Development Projects is a company that specialises in urban regeneration. Alec French are the architects. The image is a computer-generated image of the finished scheme, which respects the long-views of St. Mary Redcliffe and views to and from Redcliffe Parade.

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The Generator Building

Generator HouseThe Society strongly supports the development, which will make a major regeneration contribution. Bristol was the first city in Britain to build an electric tram service. In 1899 the Grade II* listed Generator Building was opened to supply power to the trams. Curtis Green was the architect; he later built the Chiswick Power Station, Scotland Yard and the Dorchester Hotel. War damage closed the tram system in 1941. In the 1980s the Bristol Brewery converted the building to offices.

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The Old Brewery

Old Brewery AshtonThis site in Southville is currently used by a mix of short-term let office, warehousing and workshop space including Bristol Auction Rooms on the site of the former Ashton Gate Brewery. The site faces onto North Street below the Brewery Theatre and overlooks Greville Symth Park across Ashton Road to the west. Change Real Estate is the developer and their architects are the Nash Partnership. The scheme would redevelop this 0.47 ha site comprehensively to deliver about 148 new homes and 2,000 sq.ms. of commercial space.

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Portland Square

29 31 Portland Square31 and 32 Portland Square, and gap sites 29 and 30 Portland Square and 1 Cave Street

Update January 2018

The developer has filed their planning application, which the Society supports. The scheme would reinstate the terrace with materials to match the existing Portland Square elevations. The Society has made constructive criticism and has asked that new build properties be in the original form with a staircase to respond to the existing Nos. 30 & 31. Historic England, the Portland and Brunswick Squares Association and the Society have said that the new Surrey Street elevation does not enhance the character of the conservation area. There should be a more vertical articulation. There are further comments about the increase in unit numbers over the current unbuilt permission, the accommodation mix, including the affordable housing provision, artificially lit internal access corridors and single aspect flats.

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Bristol Cathedral School

Cathedral SchoolThe Society supports the Cathedral School’s scheme to improve its teaching facilities and increase its pupil numbers. The School wishes to alter and extend two buildings that face Anchor Road. 

Update January 2018

The School has now filed its planning application. The Society has responded to support the proposal but at the same time has said to the Council that it should encourage the school, with its expanding population, to adopt a travel scheme to support a shift from the delivery and collection of pupils by private car.

Update October 2017

The image (right) is of the revised design of the new building that will replace an existing corridor and extension. The Society prefers this design that will not affect the view of the Cathedral nave. The Society supports the scheme.

 

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Bristol Royal Infirmary

Bristol Royal InfirmaryBRI Old Building October 2017 update
This is the chronology and current situation:

  • 2016 Council refused Unite Students planning permission for scheme that would remodel and reuse the Old Building. The new student accommodation would have overpowered its surroundings. (Application 1)
  • 2017 Unite make second planning application for an alternative scheme that would demolish the whole site including the Old Building and Chapel. (Application 2). Unite appeal against refused planning application 1.
  • Unite Students appeal (appeal 2) on grounds of non-determination of application 2 and withdraw appeal 1 against refusal of application 1.
  • Unite Students obtain planning permission, at the second attempt, for approval of demolition method of the Old Building, which is unlisted and not in a conservation area.
  • Planning committee report recommends refusal of application 2 because the design of the replacement building is not good enough.
  • Historic England recommends and the Department of Communities and Local Government lists the BRI Chapel with Grade II status.
  • Unite Students adjourn appeal 2 until March against non-determination of application 2. Unite Students’ apply to the Secretary of State to reverse the listing decision.
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Nelson Street

Nelson Street 2The Society has commented on draft plans for Nelson Street. These comments follow an on-site visit by 5 of us.

The plans, funded by the Cycling Ambition Fund programme, include a segregated contraflow cycle lane. The plans aim to be pedestrian-friendly, but the space available is heavily constrained by the requirement that buses should be able to go past each other at bus stops.

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