Bristol Harbourside Nears Completion After Almost 40 years

28 Jan 2014

IT promises to be the final piece in the jigsaw. A proposed new block of apartments would finish the landmark Harbourside development, a construction project first mooted in 1976, which has taken almost 40 years to near completion.


The regeneration of the city docks by Crest Nicholson – one of the biggest developments in Bristol for decades – has had its critics, among them the city's mayor, George Ferguson. The architecture of the waterfront properties has come under attack as well, as the appearance of Millennium Square and the price tags of some of flats for sale on the former dockland at Canon's Marsh.


But the developer will be hoping the proposed block on the final plot of undeveloped land in Anchor Road – next to finance firm Hargreaves Lansdown's headquarters – will find admirers.


The seven-storey block, known as Building 3A or Canon's Gate, will have 100 apartments, a large basement car park and 388 sq m of commercial space fronting the main road. It has been designed in a way which will allow the one, two and three- bedroomed homes to benefit from plenty of natural light, with a series of bay windows being proposed. The building will be set out as a simple U-shaped block with set-back penthouse apartments at roof level.


Built around a central courtyard featuring a shared garden, most of the apartments will have a balcony or outdoor terrace, either at ground level or on the rooftop.


A 66-space car park will be created in the basement, with a single space being allocated to every two or three-bedroom apartment.


In addition, five motorcycle spaces are proposed in the basement, and 107 covered cycle spaces.


The plot of land was initially earmarked for an office development, which has been sidelined due to a lack of demand from businesses .


The planning application has been made by Crest Nicholson Regeneration and will be considered by the city council. In a supporting statement for its application, the developer said: "The change of use to residential is the key driver for the proposals, bringing additional occupants to Harbourside which will, in turn, support local businesses and therefore the vibrancy of the area.


"Residential use on the ground floor facing Anchor Road is considered neither appealing nor appropriate. The commercial ground floor uses are intended to provide a different offer to commercial uses within the wider Harbourside scheme, so that they complement them rather than compete."


The council aims to make a decision by the end of March 2014.


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