Update – On the 15th November 2017 Councillors approved the redevelopment scheme, which will commence in the New Year.
Civic Society view
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.
These are the scheme’s key features:
- Offices for up to 400 employees, with ground floor café/exhibition space. Arup’s are to be the tenants;
- Ground floor workshop and retail uses with outdoor seating terraces;
- 36 apartments, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom;
- High quality landscaping and lighting, designed to allow for public events – over 50% of site is public realm;
- Concealed car parking and secure bicycle parking;
- 12 new moorings for longboats and a ferry landing;
- New pedestrian access to Quaker Garden, connecting to Redcliffe Hill;
- Public art installation by the acclaimed artist Alastair Mackie;
- Retention and restoration of the two brick and stone buildings on the site and existing boundary walls, railings and grade II listed bollards;
- Connection to the Council’s district heating system to serve all the buildings;
- Use of renewable energy systems including roof-mounted photo-voltaic panels;
- BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ office building, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for the other non-residential buildings and equivalence to Code for Sustainable Homes – Level 4.
The Society has participated in the pre-planning public discussion and supports the scheme.