Plans submitted for Bristol’s Wapping Wharf redevelopment

16th August 2023 | Jack Oliver

Fresh plans for the redevelopment of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf have been submitted to councillors.

Under the revised proposals, the harbourside development features provisions for independent restaurants and shops as well as a 10-storey housing block.

An home for exclusively Bristol-based businesses, Wapping Wharf opened in 2016. It hosts restaurants and shops in shipping containers which were originally meant to be a temporary measure.

The new proposals, submitted by developer Umberslade, are an updated version of plans first put forward to Bristol City Council in 2022.

Umberslade’s proposals include the creation of a two-storey retail and workspace podium, while the 10-storey building will contain restaurants along one side of the building and on the roof, as well as a number of homes. Four wings of residential buildings ranging in size between five and nine storeys are also included in the plans.

The fresh plans come after a period of consultation with the public and the local businesses.

Stuart Hatton, managing director of Umberslade, said: “We’ve sat down with practically all the traders […] to understand how they want to develop their businesses within the new building to make sure it really meets their individual needs.

“We have agreed with most of them exactly where they would be located and although they understand that major development like this takes time, they’re very excited about the prospect of moving into a permanent home where they can flourish”.


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