We have now submitted our planning application to Bristol City Council for the long-awaited regeneration of the former-Debenhams site.
The proposals would see more than 500 new homes set above a lively, new, 18-metre-wide tree-lined pedestrian retail street – reinstating the historic Barr’s Street – connecting Broadmead to the Bear Pit. The target is for 20% of the homes to be affordable apartments to rent.
Broadmead retailers will be among the beneficiaries of an increase in spending of £11 million a year, with hundreds of additional people living, spending and socialising in the heart of Bristol’s shopping district.
264 new jobs would be created, with an additional 380 construction jobs during the building works. The scheme would also contribute £millions to Bristol City Council.
The redevelopment would transform the site into a green, attractive, safe and vibrant place with 1,420m² of the site opened up as public open space.
Following community consultation last summer, and extensive discussions with council officers and Design West, a number of changes have been made to the initial proposal.
More balconies have been introduced, the height of one of the buildings has been reduced, as well as an additional roof terrace for residents to enjoy. Additional seating and spaces have been incorporated into the landscaping, along with a new line of trees through the new Barr’s Street pedestrian route.
Award-winning Bristol office of AWW Architects. AWW’s Bristol projects include the 15 storey New Bridewell student accommodation building at Rupert Street.
Bristol-based landscape architect and horticulturist Churchman Thornhill Finch. CTF has worked on some high-profile Bristol schemes including Host Living’s Avon Street student housing project with a communal garden at its heart, for residents and students.
AEW is one of the world’s largest real estate asset managers. AEW UK manages £1.6bn of assets in the UK including a number in Bristol.
Savills Bristol planning team is highly experienced in large scale Bristol regeneration projects, including The Galleries and Castle Park View.