McArthur’s Yard, Bristol

Shaping development through engagement


The McArthur’s Yard site is one of the most high profile undeveloped sites on Bristol’s harbourside. Our approach focused heavily on engagement and collaboration, which helped to shape detailed planning and design work for The Guinness Partnership. The proposed development will comprise 147 residential homes, mixed commercial workspace and a café.

Large-scale development in the heart of the city

Built in the 19th century as a malt house, the McArthur’s Yard site includes several warehouse buildings and structures which have been empty for 20 years. Originally the headquarters of Bristol-based metal merchant McArthur’s Group, the site is in a prominent position surrounding Bristol’s floating harbour, adjacent to the SS Great Britain.

The site is “view sensitive” which means our designs needed to consider a series of key views from the city – from the north, south east and west of the site. We also made sure that the designs did not prejudice the future operation of the adjacent Grade II listed working Albion Dock.

Effective engagement at the heart of good planning

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. The dialogue with different stakeholders has allowed us to uncover opportunities, build support for the proposed development and add value overall.

Working closely with The Guinness Partnership – one of the largest providers of homes for affordable rent and sale throughout England – and other specialist consultants we created a contemporary design that is sensitive to historic harbourside character, while meeting the aspirations of Guinness, Bristol City council and the local community in parallel.

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