Nash Partnership and team appointed to one of the UK’s largest community-led development projects, in Southmead

Built environment consultancy Nash Partnership, working alongside people-centred design specialists Streets Reimagined, has been appointed by the Southmead Development Trust as architect/urban designer for the Southmead Regeneration – working for the community project.

Southmead Development Trust (SDT) is a charitable organisation run by and for the people of Southmead to deliver sustainable community projects in the area. SDT is working with Bristol City Council and United Communities Housing Association to take forward the community-led regeneration and redevelopment of Glencoyne Square and its surroundings. The project aims to change the face of this under-used square and nearby sites at the heart of the Southmead community. It is one of the largest community development trust projects of its kind in the UK.

As part of the project, the Nash Partnership-led team will produce a high-level masterplan for the area to provide quality spaces, including open space for community activities. The project will also respond to objectives in the Southmead Community Plan to deliver more homes, including affordable housing.

Nash Partnership and Streets Reimagined bring to the project a mix of expertise in urban design, placemaking, masterplanning, community engagement and architectural and housing design. The team also has an understanding of delivery and viability as well as project management, planning and regeneration, to ensure creative ideas are delivered in the most efficient way.

Commenting on the project, Lindy Morgan, SDT’s Regeneration Team Leader, said: “We are excited to have reached this important stage and welcome the Nash Partnership-led team on board. The selection process for this role saw some great proposals from all involved, which resulted in a tough competition. As the next stages unfold, we look forward to hearing the views of the community and working with Nash Partnership and team to do the best we can for the people of Southmead.”

Mike Fox, Planning Director at Nash Partnership, said: “The Southmead redevelopment project presents a great opportunity to transform how the area is used. One of our key strengths is listening and responding to the views of the communities we work in, and we are excited about the ideas which may come forward.”