A formal planning application for the redevelopment of McArthur’s Yard on the historic Bristol harbourside has now been submitted to Bristol City Council, following a series of consultations.
Plans for the site, which has been vacant for over 20 years, include the development of 147 residential homes, mixed commercial workspace, and a café.
The proposals have been created by The Guinness Partnership, one of the largest providers of homes for affordable rent and sale throughout England. Built environment consultancy Nash Partnership was appointed to provide the planning, urban design and architectural work, alongside other specialist consultants. Extensive discussions with key stakeholders and the local community have helped to shape and evolve detailed planning and design work, to ensure that the tone of the development compliments and enhances the local environment.
Mike Fox, Associate Planning Director at Nash Partnership says: “Through our integrated planning, architectural and design skillsets, we have been able to develop a contextually sensitive proposal that maximises the use of the site with a large-scale development suitable for the central location. In developing the proposals our collaborative approach has enabled us to meet Guinness, Bristol City Council and local community’s aspirations in parallel, which we are very pleased about.”
Built in the early 19th century as a malt house, the site comprises a series of warehouse buildings and structures which became the headquarters of Bristol-based metal merchant McArthur’s Group. The site has remained empty for 20 years and is one of the last remaining development sites surrounding Bristol’s Floating Harbour.
Jeff Astle from The Guinness Partnership says: “The collaboration with all relevant parties has allowed us to develop our plans and we are very happy with the final plans for a contemporary design that is sensitive to the location and takes into account the harbourside context.”
It is anticipated that a decision on the proposals will be made during Autumn 2017 with development work starting early in 2018.