Multidisciplinary Engineering Consultants

Derelict site to be developed for residential use

Plans to redevelop the McArthurs Warehouse site on Gas Ferry Road in Bristol have been approved by Bristol City Council.  The site has been vacant for more than 20 years and is one of the last remaining development plots surrounding Bristol's Floating Harbour.

The Guinness Partnership, one of the largest providers of homes for affordable rent and sale throughout England, has granted conditional planning consent to develop the derelict site for a mix of residential and commercial use including 147 apartments and circa 1600 sq m of commercial space.  The development will consist of three 'wings' of residential units, one six storeys, one seven storeys and one part-seven, part-eight storeys, over ground floor offices and car parking and will include a podium with a ‘green deck’ over the car parking area.

Clarkebond have provided pre-planning services on the MacArthur’s Warehouse site, including geotechnical and contamination remediation advice, conditions survey of existing buildings,  flood risk assessment, structural, civil and drainage options.  As is usual with pre-used buildings and brownfield sites, there are a number of engineering challenges on this project; varying ground conditions across the site, building right up to the site boundaries, and transfer structures over the commercial space. 

‘We are looking forward to starting the detailed civil and structural engineering design on the scheme and to this derelict site being brought back to life,’  commented John Pavey, Clarkebond director.

The new development will be a stone's throw from Brunel's SS Great Britain and Whapping Wharf, the thriving food and drink quarter of Bristol.  The proposal put before planners has parking spaces for 50 cars, 230 bicycles and workshop space on the ground floor.  Plans also include a café, zinc cladding and brick, to give a “warehouse-like” appearance. The footpath which runs beside the site, next to a diving school, will be widened and resurfaced.

Enabling works are expected to start in the spring 2018 followed by the main contract in the summer.

Architect: Nash Partnership
Developer: The Guinness Partnership