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Coventry redevelopment firm in £30m Bristol waterfront project

Emily Fish 15th May, 2017

A REDEVELOPMENT company has proposed a multi-million pound project to transform a historic waterfront site in Bristol.

Coventry-based Complex Development Projects (CDP) is working alongside Bristol City Council on a £30 million mixed-use scheme at Redcliffe Wharf – one of Bristol’s most high-profile waterfront sites.

The urban regeneration specialist plans to create a new ‘eco’ office building, 36 apartments, restaurants, cafes and workshops surrounding a new waterfront square.

The design, by local architects Alec French, incorporates many of the original harbour features and intends to redevelop historic stone warehouses into craft workshops.

There will be more pedestrian access – including a pedestrian walkway – an open area for public events, as well as plans for 12 moorings for pontoon berths.

Arup, an independent engineering firm, plan to move its 350 employees from its Britsol office to the new flagship sustainable building, as the anchor tenant for the scheme.

Ian Harrabin, managing director of CDP, said: “It was exciting to be involved in such a high-profile scheme, but also a challenge on a difficult site that has lain derelict for over 30 years.

“The project uses many elements from our recent schemes in the Midlands such as Stuart Works in Stourbridge and FarGo Village, Electric Wharf and Priory Place in Coventry.

“We have built a reputation for working alongside local authorities to breathe new life into derelict areas and we have worked closely with Bristol council over the past four years to bring forward an exemplary scheme for this highly visible site.”

Mr Harrabin added the project will create around 200 new jobs, which will help boost the local economy.

He also revealed the company is working with Historic Coventry Trust on major initiatives around the River Sherbourne in the city centre. He hopes this will be a success following the vibrancy of FarGo Village, a cafe and shops development at Far Gosford Street, city centre, which has attracted 350,000 visitors over the past year.

Phil Wood, Arup Bristol office leader, said: “CDP’s plans for Redcliffe Wharf represent an exciting new step for Arup Bristol.

“For more than 40 years, we have been based in the city centre and our planned new office – one which our engineers and technical specialists will design with Alec French Architects – will keep us at the heart of this dynamic and creative city.”

Subject to planning permission, work should start early next year and the site will be fully open by late 2019.

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