McArthur’s Yard to be developed by The Guinness Partnership       

McArthur’s Yard on Bristol waterfront, vacant for 20 years, to be developed by The Guinness Partnership

The Guinness Partnership was yesterday given conditional planning consent by Bristol City Council to develop the McArthur’s Yard site on Bristol’s waterfront. Located next to the historic SS Great Brittan, the site has been derelict for more than 20 years.

The Guinness Partnership has worked with Nash Partnership on the planning, urban design and architectural work to win consent.

The site will be developed for a mix of residential and commercial uses, providing 147 new homes and 1600 sqm of commercial space and amenities. The homes will comprise a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom across open market sale, shared ownership and social rent tenures.

The scheme will deliver homes which are conveniently located, thermally efficient and economical to live in with 20% of energy generated through renewables. The design is contemporary while in keeping with the heritage of the surrounding area, and will contribute to the built environment of the city.

The site comprises a series of derelict warehouse buildings and structures which had been the headquarters of Bristol-based metal merchant McArthur’s Group. It has been vacant since Artspace left in the early 1990s and has been derelict since the late 1990s.

Jeff Astle, New Business Director at The Guinness Partnership, said: “We are very excited by the prospect of breathing new life into this site which has been unused for over twenty years. We believe our plans make the most of its history and will create a welcome addition to the area for residents, local businesses and visitors, reflecting the high standards and aspirations of The Guinness Partnership.”

Mike Fox, Associate Planning Director at Nash Partnership said: “As planners and architects for the scheme we are happy that the scheme is moving forward and look forward to working with Guinness to take it to the next stage.”

This scheme complements the planning consent already granted to develop further affordable housing at the Goolden Street site in Totterdown.

In partnership with the City Council, Guinness has been developing affordable homes in Bristol for over 30 years and now owns and manages 820 in the city including Extra Care schemes, with a further 800 homes in immediately neighbouring local authorities.