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Issue Three

7 News

Development updates in Bristol. 12 Night-time Economy

From artisan ales to riverside raves – Bristol’s after-dark offer is booming. 19 Bristol International

Reporting on Mayor Marvin Rees’ recent trade visit to the USA. 23 Innovation

 ow the technologies of tomorrow are H building on the successes of the past. 28 One City

A look at the new Economy Board and its plans to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy. 33 Local Plan

The importance of public engagement. 37 Heritage

How the city’s historic venues are blazing a trail for regeneration. 42 Modular Housing

Embracing new technologies to address the growing need for homes. 47 Projects

Reports on regeneration schemes.


elcome to the Autumn 2019 issue of Bristol Is magazine, which details more of our ambitions and opportunities for the city. This issue has a focus on Bristol as a world leader in the fields of innovation and creativity, together with coverage of some cultural highlights from our dynamic and vibrant city. Bristol is making great progress in coming together to plan its future, through partnership working to develop the One City Plan and taking the next steps in spatial planning and placemaking. This magazine gives you a taste of the city and you can find out more from the Bristol Is website (bristol-is.com), by contacting me and my team (mayor@bristol.gov.uk) or, best of all, coming to visit to see for yourself.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

EDITOR Jane Thynne DESIGN Kate Harkus PRODUCTION MANAGER Christopher Hazeldine BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Paul Gussar SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Shelley Cook PROJECT MANAGER Sue Mapara SUBSCRIPTIONS MANAGER Simon Maxwell MANAGING DIRECTOR Toby Fox FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: Chris Hackett & Kevin Slocombe, Bristol City Council PRINTED BY Manson Group PUBLISHED BY 3Fox International, Sunley House, Bedford Park, Croydon CR0 2AP T 020 7978 6840 W 3foxinternational.com SUBSCRIPTIONS bristol-is.com COVER: National Composites Centre Bristol IMAGES: Eileen Long Photography, Sigh Rendall-Jones / Bristol Housing Festival, Miles Tewson, Bristol City Council, Alastair Brookes - AJB-Photography, Toby Farrow, Bristol Beer Factory, David Broadbent Photography, Jerry Lai / Alamy, Marc Rasmus / imageBROKER / Alamy, National Composites Centre (NCC), Shutterstock, Anna Jastrzebska / Alamy, Babbasa, ShotAway, Dominika Scheibinger, Evan Dawson, ZEDfactory, Duan FU, Oliver Coltman ©2019 3Fox International Limited. All material is strictly copyright and all rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of 3Fox International Ltd is strictly forbidden. The greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information in this magazine at time of going to press, but we accept no responsibility for omissions or errors. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of 3Fox International Ltd.

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HOUSING FESTIVAL SET FOR SECOND SHOWCASE Following a busy year, the Bristol Housing Festival – a five-year scheme designed to deliver innovative housing using modern methods of construction across the city – is back for its second showcase. The festival, which launched in October 2018 with a public event on Waterfront Square, heralded the start of the city’s commitment to build new, affordable homes using a variety of cutting-edge technologies. Since then, the Bristol Housing Festival has received planning permission for two schemes, one of which is due for completion in the early autumn. This year’s event will showcase the story of the festival so far, including details of current and upcoming projects. The event will also highlight innovative housing schemes going on across the wider WECA region. The festival also offers opportunities to look at the work of other cities both in the UK and further afield. Housing provision, and how that plays into city resilience, is an issue that many urban centres around the globe are grappling with. Following Mayor Marvin Rees’ visits to Boston, a conversation has now started to explore the possibility of a Boston Housing Festival and how that could partner with the learning and outcomes of what is being developed in Bristol (see page 42). The Bristol Housing Festival Showcase takes place from 21 October to 3 November. This year’s programme of events will include a series of public talks, an industry-focused conference day and a display in Bristol city centre.

MAKING GOOD PROGRESS AT MIPIM The Bristol delegation has hailed this year’s visit to MIPIM a success after spending a busy few days at the Cannes-based conference as part of a wider West of England presence led by Invest in Bristol and Bath. Mayor Marvin Rees and senior council officers were joined by director of the Bristol Housing Festival Jez Sweetland to promote the city’s ambitions and opportunities at Europe’s premier property development convention. As well as launching the second issue of Bristol Is at an event hosted by Arup, Mayor Rees highlighted Bristol’s potential as a globally significant smart city seeking to provide housing, infrastructure and a range of facilities to match its projected growth and continued economic success. Initial contacts with investors and developers, both during individual meetings and at more formal roundtable discussions, are currently being followed-up with further, detailed talks. This was Mayor Rees’ second visit to MIPIM and he is already committed to, and planning for, attendance at the 2020 event as part of a wider delegation of partners across the city region, emphasising specific opportunities arising from the regeneration of Bristol City Centre and the creation of new residential districts. →


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FORWARD THINKING This month sees the launch of the Festival of Sustainable Business, designed to celebrate environmental works in the Bristol and South West area. Sponsored by The Future Economy Group and The Brunel Group, the inaugural event will take place in Bristol city centre on 17 September, featuring a free-toattend exhibition, sustainable food and transport zones, a series of seminars and a gala dinner. More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand at the We The Curious arts and science venue on Anchor Road and at least 2,000 people are expected at the various events. “The West of England is a place where highly-skilled people work, ideas flourish and businesses grow,” said Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England. “The region is already leading the way in the green agenda and the Festival of Sustainable Business will showcase the wealth of talent, technology and services we have here.” Presented by industry leaders, the seminar programme will highlight sustainability issues such as air quality, smart cities, finance and the economy.

TRANSPORT PLANS SPEED AHEAD The final stages of works are under way at Temple Gate to improve one of Bristol’s busiest city centre traffic intersections. Following the resurfacing programme earlier this summer, contractors are now focusing on the installation of new and upgraded pedestrian crossings, bus shelters and cycling routes before the project’s scheduled completion this autumn. Councillor Kye Dudd, cabinet member for Transport, said: “These much-needed works will transform Temple Gate into a fitting gateway to the city, improve the journeys of those who travel through the area every year and unlock plots of previously under-used land for development. “This is a key part of our ongoing work to regenerate the Temple Quarter district in order to create new jobs and bring about sustainable economic growth for the benefit of the whole city.”

TOMORROW, TODAY Bristol’s third Festival of the Future City is taking place next month. Billed as the largest public debate about the future of cities, it will run from 16-18 October. The three-day festival will bring together voices from the worlds of politics, the arts, science and academia, as well as city-builders, economists, futurists and policy makers at events across the city. Key issues and solutions for urban centres will be discussed with sessions on big city thinking, the fourth industrial revolution, populism and dealing with the results of populism. A range of public figures, such as broadcaster and campaigner Sandi Toksvig, philosopher Alain de Botton and political satirist Rory Bremner, will hold sessions on Brexit and other topical themes. The full programme can be found at: futurecityfestival.co.uk.

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A PERFECT FIT Fitness app giant Strava is currently upping its employment offer across the region, following its relocation to Bristol from London in 2016. Based in the Redcliffe area, Strava was keen to situate itself amid such a forward-thinking community. Gareth Nettleton, vice-president marketing, said the city’s wealth of “tech and design talent” was one of the reasons the company opted to make the move. “Bristol was chosen for a number of reasons,” Nettleton explained. “The vibrancy of the city, and the easy access to the great trails, roads and countryside that Strava employees crave. “Settling into the city has been an easy process for the landing team who has been warmly welcomed and pleasantly surprised by the close-knit camaraderie of the tech community in the city.” Expansion plans will continue into 2020 with more employment opportunities expected across marketing, product, design, engineering and business development.

Work is under way to establish a new City Leap Energy Partnership that will bring in £1bn of investment for the city’s next wave of low-carbon projects. The collaboration, which forms part of City Leap – a series of councilbased energy and infrastructure investment opportunities designed to build a resilient future – is currently working to identify partners that can work with the council. According to James Sterling, communications, engagement and partnership manager, The Energy Service and City Leap at Bristol City Council, the aim is to: “build a decentralised, decarbonised and truly democratic energy system” that Bristolians can be proud of. The city has a strong track record when it comes to the environment, delivering more than £50m worth of projects to combat the damaging effects of climate change. It was the first English council to build and own its own wind turbines and has pumped considerable investment into solar energy, with installations across museums, libraries, leisure centres, schools and council offices. Last year, BCC was the first Core City to declare a climate emergency with more than 80 councils following suit. Mayor Marvin Rees has now set a target to make Bristol a carbon neutral city by the year 2030. More information on City Leap can be found at: energyservicebristol.co.uk. →

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PARTNERSHIPS LEAD BATH ROAD REGENERATION Plans for more than 130 new homes on Bath Road have been submitted by regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships. The company has worked closely with Bristol City Council and the local community to develop the scheme, which includes the provision of 66 affordable homes. Under the proposals, the new development will include a mix of open market and shared ownership alongside homes for social rent. The properties will be arranged in apartment blocks built around a landscaped courtyard garden. There will also be an area dedicated to retail space, as well as 246 private parking spaces beneath the courtyard. Located next to Paintworks in a thriving residential and commercial area, the new development is highly sustainable and ideally placed for those wishing to walk, cycle or access public transport routes into the city centre.

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The Great Western Cities partnership is forging ahead after detailing its plans to supercharge the economy in the west of the UK at a recent event in Westminster. The report, entitled A Powerhouse for the West, was commissioned by the Great Western Cities partnership of Bristol City Council, Cardiff Council and Newport City Council, and was presented to senior politicians, as well as business and education leaders at the House of Lords. Produced by economic consultancy Metro Dynamics, the report provides a strong evidence base for a cross-border partnership, presenting recommendations that would drive improved infrastructure, investment, internationalisation and inclusive growth across a region of seven cities, covering 4.4m people, 10 universities, 156,000 businesses and an economy worth £107bn. The potential powerhouse would stretch along the M4 corridor from Swindon, across the Welsh border to Cardiff and Swansea, north to Gloucester and Cheltenham and to Bath and Bristol in the south. To support this venture the Great Western City partners have already been joined by Bath and North East Somerset Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Swansea Council and Swindon Borough Council. The report sets out a plan to turbo-charge growth in the region, not economic rebalancing, and puts a focus on developing key strengths to stimulate that growth. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Our ultimate vision is to create a serious, long-term, cross-border partnership. We already export £18.4bn of goods and £11bn of services every year – we want to further promote our excellent trade and investment opportunities by developing an internationalisation strategy. In a post-Brexit world, export-based growth will be of huge importance and this collaboration has the potential to ensure this region competes with high growth regions around the world.” View the report at: apowerhouseforthewest.org.uk.

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Bristol’s housing market has added a new dimension to its offer in the form of Hawkins & George – two build-to-rent properties set on Hawkins Lane and St George’s Wharf. Owned by residential landlord Grainger, the Finzels Reach-based scheme will provide 194 apartments, communal areas and amenities including a roof terrace offering views of the Bristol skyline. Grainger chief executive Helen Gordon said: “We’re delighted to launch Hawkins & George in Bristol – the first development of its kind in the city. Our aim is to redefine the rental experience, and in Bristol we will do this by creating an exciting new community at Finzels Reach that combines the flexibility of renting with professional services to give our residents the best rental experience possible.” As well as a full concierge service, there is also an on-site gym, a residents’ lounge, roof terrace, bike storage and co-working space.

READY TO GO Following CEG’s launch of its Let Ready concept at The Quorum in Bristol, the building is ready to welcome its first studio customer. As Bristol Is went to press, a national company was due to complete on 465sq m of the Let Ready space, opposite Cabot Circus on the city’s inner ring road. CEG has also secured planning for a new café to be situated on the ground floor. Let Ready will challenge traditional office space in Bristol by offering smaller businesses the benefits and amenities of a modern space, including 24/7 access, all-inclusive rents, flexible terms and fully equipped, internet-ready work stations.

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AIRPORT ON ROAD TO CUT CARBON Bristol Airport has published a carbon roadmap setting out how it will achieve its ambition to be a net zero airport, accelerating efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The plan has been published in direct response to concerns that the proposed development of the airport could be inconsistent with climate emergencies declared by local authorities in the West of England. It sets ambitious targets which would put Bristol at the forefront of carbon reduction in the UK airport sector. Two years ago, Bristol Airport set a target to be carbon neutral by 2030 for all emissions under its direct control (primarily from electricity, gas and ground vehicles). The roadmap brings this target forward to 2025 and will be achieved through a range of measures including increased use of electric vehicles and a shift to renewable energy sources. The airport’s ultimate objective is to become net zero by 2050 in line with the commitment made by the European airport industry last month, to which Bristol was among the first signatories. “Decarbonising aviation will not be easy,” said Dave Lees, chief executive officer at Bristol Airport. “But this plan shows we are serious about reducing our emissions so we can all continue to enjoy the benefits of air travel in a low carbon future.”

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THE NIGHT WATCH Bristol’s evening economy has long been the envy of many UK cities. But a raft of new venues is taking it to another level. Noella Pio Kivlehan finds out more

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ristol has long been famed for its creative scene. An undeniable musical melting pot, its venues also straddle myriad tastes and flavours – from world famous nightclubs via cross art-form hotspots to the concert and theatrical powerhouses of the Bristol Old Vic and Colston Hall. “Bristol caters for all with its great restaurants, bars, pubs and of course its fantastic nightclubs and live venues,” said city-based solicitor Marti Burgess, speaking at last year’s launch of Bristol@Night, a ‘night board’ created to cement the relationship between the after dark economy operators and outside agencies (see panel). According to figures from the Night Time Industries Association, the UK’s evening economy is worth upwards of £66bn. And Bristol, thanks to a boom in residential and office developments, has seen its evening trade mushroom in recent years. A plethora of new businesses from food outlets to microbreweries has rushed to set up home in established city and edge of centre locations, as well as burgeoning harbour areas → such as Wapping Wharf.

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BRISTOL IS AFTER DARK One new arrival which is causing quite a stir in the city is ‘brewpub’ Left Handed Giant. Launched in June in the former Compressor Building at Finzels Reach, it is just one of many micro-breweries to have arrived on Bristol’s drinking scene over the past few years. Open from noon to 12am, seven days a week, the firm says it is, “incredibly proud to be the custodians of a site that has over 250 years of brewing history within its walls”. Others making names for themselves are the Moor Beer Company – offering more than 25 different varieties in the Taproom in Days Road, and the Bristol Beer Factory which serves out of its watering hole in North Street, as well as selling in to a range of establishments across the area. While some producers – Arbor and Lost & Grounded for example – work mainly as suppliers selling into venues, others have opted to become ‘destination brewers’, teaming up with popular local food operators (LHG has Mission Pizza) in order to give customers a combined food and drink offer. The dining out scene in Bristol has also rapidly expanded. Not only is it home to five Michelin-starred restaurants and numerous AA Rosette-bearing venues, but there is also a raft of stylish, cosmopolitan eateries dotted across the metropolis, reflecting the diversity and innate cool of the city.

FOR PEOPLE LOOKING TO COME TO THE CITY, WHETHER THEY ARE YOUNG OR OLD, THERE ARE SOME STANDOUT PLACES “In terms of food, the city has just exploded,” says Tom Paine, director of Team Love, a Bristol-based company specialising in festivals and events. “There are amazing places to eat [in Bristol]. A decade ago you would struggle to name a couple of good restaurants, but now there is amazing growth.” The current darling of the market and self-styled ‘foodie heaven’ is Wapping Wharf, which describes itself as a “flourishing new neighbourhood in the historical and cultural heart of Bristol”.

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Pictured clockwise from top Arts venue Watershed as viewed from the river and above, clubbers party the night away at Motion.

At its centre is Cargo, a mini village of converted shipping containers that opened in 2016. Such was its success, Cargo 2 launched in May 2019. The hub is home to an eclectic mix of residential, independent restaurants and cafes, as well as shops and leisure facilities. Earlier this year it was named by the Daily Telegraph as one of UK’s best places to eat. “It definitely has some great occupiers, and is really presented well,” says Chris O’Mahony, director, leisure at property group Savills, which is responsible for bringing many new operators to the venue. Among the food occupiers are Sholay Indian Kitchen, Gambas Tapas Bar, Salt & Malt, Harbour & Browns (sister of the famous Brace & Browns on Whiteladies Road) and Pizzarova. As important as the newer operators and areas are, it is reassuring to learn that the city’s night-life stalwarts are more than holding their own in this burgeoning sector, becoming almost tourist destinations in their own right. Based at Stokes Croft, Lakota was part of the 1990’s super club scene that included legendary brands such as Cream and Ministry of Sound. Now offering a ‘back in the day cool’ vibe, it has found an audience with a fresh generation of clubbers.

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Bristol@Night was established in November 2018 to bring together Bristol City Council, nighttime economy employees and operators, as well as the emergency services, in a joint bid to protect the area’s after dark economy from rapid redevelopment across the city. “We are doing things differently,” says Councillor Nicola Beech, cabinet member for spatial planning and city design at Bristol City Council. “We recognise that the night-time economy needs to be led by people who invest their pounds and pence into it to try and make the night-time economy work.” Bristol, having hosted 13.6 million day visitors for the 12 months to February this year, already holds Purple Flag status which is awarded by the Association of Town and City Management Going Global to urban areas, “offering entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable nights out”. The new initiative will be independent of the council, but its members will feed into existing policies and strategies. Marti Burgess, owner of Lakota nightclub, and chair of Bristol@Night, says: “We want to ensure the city doesn’t develop in a way that detracts from the night-time economy. We want the night-time economy to compliment the development. “We don’t want pockets or ghost areas where there’s lots of new development but no night-time activity at all. They wouldn’t be safe places.” Also on the night board, Tom Paine, director of events company, Team Love, says: “The great thing about the night board is that we all understand any new development and planning has to be aware we have a 24-hour clock, and not just a 12-hour clock. You don’t want places that are dead places after 10pm. We just need to work out how they can all sit side by side.”

“We have always kept it as an underground venue working with new, younger creatives to make sure it stays current,” says Marti Burgess. Since launching in 1992, Burgess says the team has seen the area blossom leading to the creation of a thriving nighttime scene. “There are lots of bars – we feed off each other,” she explains. “We have a good working relationship with them.” Across town on Avon Street, Motion, another Bristol nighttime mainstay, started life as a skate park before turning into a club, becoming synonymous with top-notch acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Artwork and Bicep. Dan Deeks, Motion’s director and chairman, says: “Individual operations are now attractions in themselves. For people looking to come to the city, whether they are young or old, there’s some great standout places.”

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Pictured from top Raising a glass: drinkers at Bristol Beer Factory’s Tap Room and below, the city’s bustling night-time streets.

Another ‘attraction’ is Thekla, an award-winning, floating music venue that has been stationed in Bristol’s harbour since 1984. Now undergoing a £1m refurbishment in Albion Dry Dock, the club promises to be back in action in time for the busy university ‘freshers season’. Bristol’s leading arts venue Watershed first opened its doors 36 years ago it and was an early addition to the cultural regeneration of harbourside. Today the digitally creative centre is home to three cinema screens and a café bar. However, this grande dame is not resting on its laurels and is also looking to the future – it has recently received planning approval for an ambitious £12m refurbishment that includes a six-storey extension, major internal makeover including new workspace, and a brand new cinema. Clare Reddington, Watershed’s CEO says: “We are committed, like anyone, to make maximum use of our building for as many hours as we can, while that’s what our audience wants. “We’re really excited we are able to work with the stable base, our loyal audience to offer something new to the city. It feels important to keep culture at the heart of Bristol.” And not only culture, but its ever-growing nightlife. With over 200,000 tickets sold this year so far for live events across Bristol, the city is sending a clear message that it is open for business both day and night. b

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GOING GLOBAL Hannah Gal reports on the success of Mayor Marvin Rees’ recent visit to the US and the potential for future collaboration on business, tourism, social affairs and much more...

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The role of internationalism is important to Bristol as a major city,” says the city’s Mayor Marvin Rees. “We must embrace the opportunity to make connections with cities and global agencies, to bring new trade and investment to our city.” The rallying call was made in reference to a visit he, along with a delegation from the West of England, made to the US recently to forge economic and civic links. The week-long trip, which took in the major cities of New York, Boston and Chicago, was supported by the Department for International Trade, Bristol City Council, The West of England Combined Authority, Business West, Destination Bristol and the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Joining Mayor Rees across the Atlantic were West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and a group of the region’s finest business and civic talent. The aim was to promote the area’s excellence to an overseas market, and as Caroline Twigg, head of international affairs at BCC says: “to build stronger links, increase investment, boost trade and promote the opportunities for access to the region”. This was a “high tech-focused visit” says Rees, with Boston and Chicago being targeted for the huge investment and collaboration potential they present to Bristol’s flourishing technology industry. Paul Moorby OBE, the managing director of Chippenhambased software development company Chipside (which specialises in parking and traffic management IT), was keen to emphasise the potential economic importance of the visit.

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Pictured from top West of England Mayor Tim Bowles with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Mayor Rees; above Mayor Rees meets Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s newly elected mayor.

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BRISTOL HAS STRONG CAPABILITIES... WHICH WE KNOW THE USA IS INTERESTED IN In terms of civic matters, Mayor Rees met his Boston counterpart and several department commissioners to address issues common to both cities. Up for discussion were the needs of a growing population, the challenges of housing and the green agenda. The mayors also shared views on the importance of physical and mental wellbeing with Mayor Rees extolling the work of Bristol’s Empire Fighting Chance (a charity that uses boxing to make a difference to the lives of young people) and the work the city is doing to try and help those with mental health issues in the more disadvantaged communities.

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Moorby described the north-eastern seaboard as housing “some of America’s most admired companies”, and a driving force behind the US’s national economy. Boasting two airports and a raft of Ivy League universities, the area is, he added, “a compelling market opportunity for businesses like ours”. Other tech innovators on the tour included: Bristol-based digital agency Rixxo, which enables companies to capture online audiences; Sparkol, whose first product, VideoScribe (which is used to produce animated ‘explainer videos’) boasts more than two million users; Westbury-based Scanning Pens (headed by Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Jack Churchill); and YellowDog, which helps companies optimise performance through various data technologies. “We chose Boston and Chicago as cities that could be successfully targeted to grow contacts and inward business for Bristol’s tech economy,” the mayor wrote on his return. “This is great for Bristol, as successful companies will grow and create more jobs for people.” Described by YellowDog’s chief commercial officer James Stevens as an “intense week” spent dashing “across the leafy cities from one new business meeting to another”, the delegates nevertheless made the most of the opportunity to “exchange ideas with the movers and shakers from industry, commerce, education, health and local government”. According to Stevens, each meeting closed with promises of further conversation and collaboration, with delegates ending each day with thoughts of “everything is possible”. “It was great to meet city mayors in Boston and Chicago to forge links between our successful region,” West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles recalls. “We have much in common with these two US cities which share our strength in high-tech innovation and its application to real-world challenges including clean growth and connectivity. “The delegation was an important part of our work to foster closer relationships with US organisations, to secure investment and highly skilled jobs for the region.” Besides boosting Bristol’s economic profile, education too was highlighted and the groundwork for future research collaboration between US universities and Bristol’s own was soundly prepared both in terms of academic processes and economic investment.

Pictured The delegation visited three of the USA’s economic powerhouses, including Chicago and Boston.

Mayor Rees went on to meet Chicago’s newly-elected mayor Lori Lightfoot, and participated in the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities, convened to consider the challenges faced by 21st-century municipalities. The delegation also took the opportunity to consider Chicago’s innovative transport infrastructure system, The Greenway, by which tunnels take traffic out of built-up areas to provide residents with welcoming, green pedestrianised space. According to BCC’s Caroline Twigg, the trip highlighted the undeniable power of meeting target markets face to face. “We have already had requests from both Boston and Chicago for more information on some of our city initiatives and projects, further increasing the city’s profile in the USA,” she reports. Work is already under way to establish a Bristol-US Forum, a loosely structured mechanism through which local organisations can focus efforts to engage with the USA. According to Twigg, it will involve aspects such as “workshops on specific sectors that Bristol has strong capabilities in and which we know the USA is interested in such as e-commerce, tech, food and drink”. Alongside this, individual companies, organisations and the universities will collaborate with US partners on specific projects including research and innovation. In light of the trip’s success, Twigg expects a follow-up next year, “to further strengthen the trade and other links made in 2019”. Watch this space. b

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WE’RE INVESTING IN BRISTOL Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord

Grainger recently launched Hawkins & George, a market leading build to rent scheme, located at Finzels Reach. The scheme comprises a range of stylish apartments, built specifically for renting with onsite concierge, 24-hour gym, residents lounge and roof terrace all included in the rent – ideal for both busy professionals as well as downsizers.

Grainger is an investor and operator of modern rental communities, looking for long term investment opportunities. To rent at Hawkins & George, go to www.hawkinsandgeorge.com To discuss development opportunities please contact: jbevan@graingerplc.co.uk


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Joe Walsh discovers how by building on its industrial past, Bristol has become a major player in the tech trade of tomorrow →

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Pictured Leading the field: the National Composites Centre.

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ristol has long been a city of technological and industry specialists work in partnership leading current advancement and innovation. The 19th century thinking on “service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems witnessed feats of world-beating engineering while and bio-engineering”. in the 20th century, the city reached for the sky to The government predicts that within the coming decade, embrace the newest form of transport – air. Bristol became the quantum technology industry alone will be worth £10bn to home of the world-renowned manufacturer British Aircraft the UK economy as a whole, creating a wealth of employment Corporation (now BAE Systems) and its association with and education opportunities. Bristol’s market-leading role in Concorde – which was developed and built at the Filton the tech sector has already led to the development of a £43m Airfield in 1969 – sealed its place in aviation history. Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC). Today, Bristol continues to be at the centre of industry Based in the heart of the city on the site of the former and technology as the area moves towards utilisation of Cattle Market, it has received funding from various partners composites, robotics, research and the idea of the smart city. including, £15m from West of England Local Enterprise This was demonstrated 10 years ago when the government Partnership (LEP), £21m from industrial partners (such as launched its UK composites strategy to ensure the country Airbus) and £7m from the University of Bristol. It is due to remained at the forefront of new technologies and open fully in 2021. innovations in manufacturing. Intended as a continuation of Britain’s long history of technological invention, the move WE LINK UP WITH OTHER resulted in the establishment of the National Composites TECHNOLOGY CENTRES GIVING US Centre (NCC) in Bristol. NATIONAL COLLABORATION The NCC was founded with five original members: Airbus; GKN Aerospace; AgustaWestland; Rolls-Royce and According to Bristol University, these new knowledges Vestas, and funded with £25m from the Department of “will impact upon all major markets, including defence, Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the European Regional finance, aerospace, energy and information and Development Fund (ERDF) and the Homes and Communities communications technology (ICT) in ways that cannot Agency (HCA). It is located in the north of the city in a newlyyet be predicted”. built centre owned and hosted by the University of Bristol. Professor Hugh Brady, University of Bristol vice-chancellor The NCC’s aim is to bring together engineers and and president, says: “With Bristol recently being named as the technology experts to create disruptive technologies. UK’s smartest city, I cannot think of a better place to lead the “We sit across engineering and digital at the NCC so we’re way in this exciting field of research and discovery.” helping to encourage and shape that new wave of digital Other organisations driving the high-tech revolution engineering too,” said Jools Granville, communications in Bristol include Bristol Futures Global, a smart cities director at the NCC. consultancy aiming to improve the management and During its brief lifespan (it was launched in 2011 after sustainability of urban hubs by enhancing interconnecting the idea was mooted in 2009), remarkable results have been technologies. Its work, along with partnerships with achieved. It has expanded four times and from those original Bristol University and the University of the West of England five members, it now has 55. The composites sector as a whole and Bristol City Council, as well as many regional and in the UK is valued at £2.3bn, has an average annual growth international organisations, led to rate of 12% and is predicted is to be Bristol being voted the number one worth £30bn to the country by 2030. smart city in the country by the UK “There is nowhere else in the Smart Cities Index in 2017, overtaking world that does what we can do, London. Internationally the city particularly in our automated has also been recognised, winning composites manufacturing,” TOTAL VALUE OF THE tech-trade association GSMA’s Global says Granville. COMPOSITES SECTOR IN THE UK Mobile Smart City Award in 2018 Yet, this is not a standalone ahead of Barcelona, Dubai, New York, technology, the NCC is very much Singapore and Yinchuan in China. part of a nationwide programme of The smart approach is gathering innovation to keep the whole country apace at the new Filton airport development, where tech is competing with global tech hubs. “We link up with other at the heart of a whole new community. This development, technology centres giving us national collaboration,” adds built on the birthplace of Concorde, will help ensure the city’s Granville. “It’s not just the composite centre in Bristol, we aviation reputation remains not just in the history books. It have six sisters around the country, each looking at different will include more than 2,500 homes that will aim to be smart parts of the manufacturing process.” and energy efficient. The development will also build fully Collaboration is at the heart of Bristol’s output, leading integrated transport, energy, water and waste systems that the world in fields of research, science and technology. use the latest technologies such as rainwater harvesting. Another flagship project is the Bristol Robotics Laboratory “We can think differently about our major developments, (BRL), described as “the most comprehensive academic centre we can see what worked and what didn’t,” says Stephen for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK”. From Hilton, founder and director of Bristol Futures Global. its 4,645sq m base at the University of the West of England → However, it is equally important to balance the new near Stokes Park, more than 300 academics, researchers


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BRISTOL IS INNOVATION Pictured The life scientific: Bristol-based engineers get to grips with a raft of new technologies.


technologies with the city’s impressive legacy as a rich source of culture and diversity. “For Bristol and the West of England it is keeping that lens of culture, creativity, engagement and social value in the frame rather than skewing things solely to make them more efficient. The most efficient cities would be ones with no one in them, which isn’t what we want, we want a bit of chaos,” adds Hilton. This is why one of the areas where Bristol Futures Global is first looking to innovate is through applying 5G technology to the tourism sector. Once again by using a collaborative process, 5G Smart Tourism is being developed in partnership with the University of Bristol, as well as public bodies and businesses across Bristol, Bath and the West of England. One partner, the Oscar-winning Bristol-based Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit, aims to deliver immersive augmented KEY STATS reality content for visitors at sites b Average salary in Digital Tech across the West of England including Industries: £45,501 the Roman Baths. b Digital GVA: £1.8bn David Sproxton, co-founder of b Digital density (digital businesses Aardman, says that the investment in as % of total businesses): 18% 5G will help to “build new knowledge b Key cluster benefits: commercial using state of the art facilities property (82%), local networks to create truly immersive and (81%), business support (65%) engaging experiences”. b Employment growth: 9% Another collaboration working to create transformational technologies for the city, is the Bristol Digital *Figures for Bristol & Bath taken from 2016’s Tech Nation Report – a governmentFutures Institute. Based on the backed report that analysed the UK’s digital tech economy new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, it brings together engineers from Bristol University with tech

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companies, social scientists, local government and community partners. The institute has received a £29m grant from Research England as well as more than £70m from private companies to lead the way in cyber technologies. The steps being undertaken by Bristol in both the private and public sectors, and most importantly in collaboration, are generating tangible results for the city not only in terms of investment, but also of jobs, and core technologies that will benefit both Bristolian and non-Bristolians alike. For a city with a strong aviation history, the sky stopped being the limit a long time ago. b

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GROWTH INDUSTRY As the roll out of Bristol’s One City Plan gets under way, Shailja Morris looks at the new Economy Board and its vision for a more holistic and sustainable approach to the economy

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f Bristol’s One City Plan is the vehicle steering Bristol towards inclusive growth to 2050, then the One City Economy Board is the engine fuelling its bold vision. The board is made up of representatives drawn from across Bristol’s business, public, voluntary and academic sectors. At the heart of its agenda is a push for greater inclusivity and social equality to help remove barriers to success for all parts of the community. While it may hold no formal powers, the collective input and clout of its members aims to advise and shape policy in City Hall, attracting inward investment to one of the most successful UK cities. James Durie, chief executive, West of England Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, co-chairs the board, along with Deputy Mayor Craig Cheney. “We’re ambassadors for the economy,” Durie explains. “We’ve been asked to champion, initiate and drive projects within Bristol that contribute to the sustainable increase of a growing economy. We have the influence and lobbying power. We can empower people like our mayor, Marvin Rees, and West of England Mayor

WE’RE AMBASSADORS... WE’VE BEEN ASKED TO CHAMPION, INITIATE AND DRIVE PROJECTS Tim Bowles and others to talk to the housing minister, the Department for Transport and the Treasury, to say, ‘Look, we’ve got some big ambitions to grow our economy but you’ve got to help us because we’ve got a rising population, some accessibility issues and challenges around housing and our transport infrastructure’.” The board will meet on a quarterly basis – its first is scheduled for early autumn. Various subgroups will then busy themselves on action areas flowing from the meeting. Key short-term priorities will undoubtedly focus on the One City Plan’s key theme of a ‘Prosperous and Inclusive Economy’ to deliver quality employment, increased skills, innovation and investment in deprived pockets of the city. Bristol has 42 areas that rank in the most deprived 10% in England. In 2016, 16% of Bristol residents, or 73,400 people, lived in these areas. The greatest levels of deprivation in Bristol are in Hartcliffe and Withywood, Filwood and Lawrence Hill. If recent population trends continue, Bristol’s population is projected to increase by 103,100 people over a 25 year period (2014–2039). → Durie adds: “We may have a successful economy but

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BRISTOL IS ONE CITY it is not successful for everybody. It’s a tale of two cities in some ways. Some of the top 10 poorest wards in the country are in Bristol and we need to interact with all communities. Our board representatives are a strong mix across sectors, diversity, geography and business groups and chambers of commerce. That’s a huge swathe, representing 85% of the working population.” It’s an impressive list, featuring leaders from Bristol City Council, the tech and media sectors, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses, Black South West Network, Bristol Port Company, Destination Bristol, Bristol Law Society and the TUC. Bristol already has a strong track record in cross-sector, civic stakeholders who play a role in market development, Pictured from top Representatives from Babbasa, a social enterprise designed to support young people across the city. support, resourcing, offering a partnership for growth and social impact. The Economy Board will continue to link businesses with social enterprises. It will also explore more affordable models for childcare provision for working mothers and encouraging businesses to pay a real living wage, Sado Jirde, director of Black South West Network is a board particularly in less affluent wards. representative. She says: “We have to invest in developing Durie adds: “We can get businesses to support social people’s skills in a non-traditional way. Apprenticeships are enterprise networks such as Babbasa that are specifically not just for young people. If you consider the impact that focused on giving young people from less advantaged technology is having in terms of automation, we need to communities valuable explore how we skill people up opportunities to engage in the and ensure opportunities exist for world of learning and work. There those that want to change careers is also a programme of support or start their own business. that the council has set up called “We need to start tapping into Bristol Works which connects talent within communities that businesses with younger people are under-represented in the PROJECTED POPULATION INCREASE and the organisations that work job market. Inclusive economic IN BRISTOL BETWEEN 2014–2039 with them. There has to be value growth means putting more in both directions. people into meaningful jobs that “We are in the midst of a pay well and develop their skills. big shift into a digitally driven future and competing for That is a priority for a functional and successful city. resources nationally to retain and attract both talent and “The Economy Board has good potential to drive a to attract investment. We have an economy that is good at different kind of economic model. We are not very good at capturing people from other areas, but we are not that good at addressing inequality but focusing on that collectively can growing our own.” have a positive impact on the city. I’m excited about that.” b


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The plan connects the buildings to the character and context of the site, integrating it into the city. Public realm is at the heart of Assembly, with spectacular new public spaces and extensive waterside spaces. And with stunning rooftop gardens and a mix of indoor and outdoor amenities, the development promises to deliver a thriving workplace with an emphasis on staff wellbeing.




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POINTS OF VIEW As the city embarks on a series of significant schemes, Jane Thynne discovers just how important it is to hear the thoughts of the people


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s Bristol’s Local Plan prepares to enter its next phase, the city council is reflecting on the views of stakeholders asked to comment on its ambitious scheme that aims to “transform Bristol over the next 20 years”. “A consultation stage is important,” says Zoë Willcox, director of development (place), growth and regeneration at Bristol City Council. “It enables the council to gauge whether the level and location of city growth is supported. Also the Local Plan process must be open and transparent so that it is clear how the emerging policies have been informed by people’s views.” The aim of the Local Plan is to deliver inclusive growth, providing at least 33,500 new homes by 2036, as well as more jobs, a sustainable transport offer, fit-for-purpose working environments and digital connectivity. The strategy sets out a route for each part of the city, highlighting 15 specific areas, including Lockleaze, central Bedminster and central Fishponds along with St Philip’s Marsh, Temple Quarter, Western Harbour and the Frome Gateway.

The sites offer a variety of opportunities from largescale urban regeneration projects to smaller schemes utilising underused buildings and brownfield sites. “The Local Plan is all about space and place,” says Sarah O’Driscoll, strategic city planning manager growth and regeneration at Bristol City Council. “It’s about optimising density – creating quality developments that will meet the needs of our ever-changing environment, providing homes for our children and our children’s children. Developments that are fit for purpose, taking into account all kinds of factors such as climate change, reduction in car use and so on.” The city is aware that while most people agree there is a shortage of housing, there are also concerns about where those new houses will be built and the community infrastructure to support the new homes. “A big worry for people is that we will take away green spaces but the plan actually directs new homes and employment to previously developed land,” says Willcox. “As our population grows the green spaces become even more important and particularly in the context of climate change.”

Above Bristol’s Local Plan aims to deliver inclusive growth, providing at least 33,500 new homes by 2036.

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BRISTOL IS OPEN Above Green spaces are key to future developments. Below Mayor Marvin Rees with the draft of the Local Plan Review.

Once opened to public scrutiny, the team received nearly 950 comments from individuals, residents groups and community associations, as well as developers. While questions were inevitably raised about numbers and locations, both Willcox and O’Driscoll say they were encouraged by the number of “balanced” observations. “Around 700 of those comments came from local residents,” says Willcox. “It shows a good level of engagement from the public with what is a fairly technical document.” In a bid to reach out to interested parties, the council worked hard to make the process as wide ranging and accessible as possible. As well as formalised discussions with groups, a whole swathe of methods were employed such as consultation documents being made available on the council to citizens and we are working towards carbon neutral homes. website and in libraries across the area. It launched email and People are very keen to hear about allotments and food press campaigns, social media alerts and drop-in sessions at growing too. Health issues are also key to residents and there various venues. are a number of council policies that relate to healthy living, “On top of our regular meetings with community groups including the proposed approach to takeaways.” we also held a series of 18 evening events and discussions,” A document itemising feedback will be made says O’Driscoll. “It’s very important to give people the available to the public on the Bristol City Council website, opportunity to engage.” again emphasising the team’s This is the second phase of willingness to offer comprehensive consultation the Local Plan has yet accessible information. “We undergone and another period KEY STATS produce a report showing the main of engagement will follow the b Around 950 individuals and areas of concern so people can publication of its next draft in 2020. organisations responded to the see what other points have been “It’s an ongoing process of testing and documents, including raised and what others’ views are,” receiving views,” Willcox adds. b 700 members of the public/local says Willcox. “We want to be as Some of the main areas of residents transparent as we can be.” concern were centred on housing and b 120 representative organisations O’Driscoll points out that in particular the need for affordable b 70 developer or promoter agents while there is a formal period of homes, while others raised concerns b 20 statutory bodies consultation which inevitably must about parking and the need to reduce close to enable the project to move reliance on private transport. *A summary of the responses received is available on the Local Plan website forward, Bristol City Council is: “There was a lot of interest in “always keen to engage to help shape environmental issues,” reveals the future of the city”. b Willcox. “Climate change is important

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THE STAGE IS SET Redeveloping heritage buildings is cementing Bristol’s position as an innovative and creative trailblazer. Emma Pritchard goes behind the scenes at some of the city’s new-look arts venues

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n case you hadn’t noticed, big changes have been taking place at some of Bristol’s most iconic venues recently. Last year alone saw St George’s Bristol, the Old Vic and the Tobacco Factory all relaunch following extensive refurbishments, while work to transform the prestigious Colston Hall continues apace. But, it’s not just that these properties are all remodelling pre-existing heritage architecture that unites them in a shared cause. For, as you would expect from what has been identified as one of three regions outside London to have international growth potential, the redevelopment taking place in Bristol is much smarter than that. “To compete in today’s and future markets, we need to create buildings that are multi-tasking, hardworking and appeal to all the communities that are represented in the city,” says Jon Finch, head of culture at Bristol City Council, whose remit includes Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed and Blaise Castle Estate, among others. “It’s about taking existing heritage buildings and developing them in a way that makes them attractive but, most importantly, appropriate to 21st-century audiences so that they can generate extra income,” agrees Louise Mitchell, chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust. And both should know; their projects are major players in the creative sector, which in turn has been a key driver in the city’s wider regeneration and development.

WE WANT TO HONOUR THE HERITAGE OF THE BUILDING – COLSTON HALL IS A BRISTOL ICON “We need to create spaces where people can gather, relax and talk,” says Finch. “People like doing that in places that have a strong history or offer an interesting experience. Bristol has those in abundance. It’s simply a question of being clever in how we redevelop them.” St George’s Bristol is an obvious example. The 19thcentury church, built in the Greek Revival style on St George Street, has undergone impressive changes since the creation of the St George’s Music Trust in the 1970s. However, thanks to 2018’s £6m refurbishment project that added a pavilion-style extension, containing a café bar and multi-purpose areas, it now offers a variety of performance and education spaces. It has been transformed into a place for the people reflecting the city’s vibrant musical heritage, showcasing everything from classical to hip hop and choir to grime. “Bristol has, for generations and centuries, been a city of many aspects,” says Finch. “This is, in part, thanks to its maritime history as a port, which has contributed to the wonderful diversity and ecology of its people and culture. Redevelopments today need to embrace and embed that breadth of community in everything they do so that people can see themselves in these buildings and in the wonderful programmes of events they have to offer.” It’s a challenge that Mitchell knows only too well. As one of the team responsible for the £48.8m transformation project at Colston Hall, taking a 19th-century concert hall and turning it into a space for the entire city to enjoy has been quite a challenge. “We want people to see Colston Hall, not as a posh

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palace of art, but as a place where everyone can feel welcome and comfortable,” she says. “We have focused on making it physically accessible and also accessible in atmosphere and spirit. Colston Hall is not just a music venue. It’s a conferencing space, a café, somewhere to go on a first date, and an educational base. “Acknowledging its importance to the social, as well as musical and architectural history of the city is crucial for its future success. Having multiple offerings and appeals will enable Colston Hall to be a self-sufficient enterprise for many, many years to come.” It’s this fresher, forward-thinking approach that is keeping Bristol at the forefront of Britain’s tourist market. Last year alone, some 598,000 international visitors arrived in the city, bringing around £1.77bn to the area. However, businesses are aware that a loyal local clientele must be nurtured just as carefully. “We have to make a conscious effort to ensure our buildings are as open to all as possible. Places such as the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, with its Victorian edifice → modelled on a Greek Temple, for example, could be seen

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Pictured clockwise from top The new-look Colston Hall – ‘a place where everyone can feel welcome and comfortable’.

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BRISTOL IS HERITAGE Pictured clockwise from top St George’s Bristol following its £6m refurbishment and left, poets gather at Colston Hall for Bristol Got Soul.

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REDEVELOPMENTS NEED TO EMBRACE AND EMBED THAT BREADTH OF COMMUNITY IN EVERYTHING THEY DO as intimidating,” says Finch. “As a listed building, we’re restricted in what we can do aesthetically. It’s about thinking outside the box. We’re going well so far but it’s very much a journey. There’s always more we could do.” With places such as M Shed, arguably one of the properties that sparked this current movement, boasting visitor numbers last year of more than 750,000 along with the success of St George’s Bristol, the incentive to keep innovating remains strong. Both venues are prime examples of how the past can shape future experiences. For example, during the demolition phase at Colston Hall, historic artefacts, including wrought ironwork and a time capsule from 1951, have been uncovered and are subsequently directing the course of the next “rebuilding” phase.

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“We want to honour the heritage of the building – Colston Hall is a Bristol icon, after all,” says Mitchell. “I think people will be surprised to see the beauty that has been there all along, just hidden by boxing and layers of garish paint. The ‘new’ building is going to be quite elegant and glorious.” The works, which are being carried out under the supervision of Willmott Dixon – the team responsible for the building’s celebrated foyer in 2009 – are on track to be finished by autumn 2021. “One thousand people will have been involved with the project by the end,” says Mitchell. “Many of whom are Bristolian. To them – as to many of us – Colston Hall is more than just another building to work on. It’s a place everyone should be proud of.” b

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Modular homes are being hailed as the answer to the nation’s housing problems. Garth Cartwright discovers how Bristol is leading the charge into new territory

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ristol has never been afraid to lead the way: from 19th-century industrialisation to the comms revolution of the 1990s, its pioneering spirit is second to none. Now that innovative drive is leading a fresh charge – to tackle the city’s housing needs head-on, embracing new technologies to create modular homes that will provide sustainable, affordable dwellings long into the 21st century. Last year saw the launch of the Bristol Housing Festival – a five-year project dedicated to demonstrating how these new buildings (constructed in a factory setting before being shipped to site) will shape the region. The publication of the One City Plan has augmented the need for more sustainable and affordable housing, thus opening the door to a raft of new building methods. And true to its ground-breaking spirit, Bristol has not wasted any time in making the move into modular a reality. Jez Sweetland, director of Bristol’s Housing Festival, is very proud of the two projects already under way at Chalks Road, where modular company ZEDpods has been given the go-ahead to build 11 new homes, and at Alexandra Park, where work has started to create 31, one-bedroom apartments through developer LaunchPad. “It has been an exciting few months,” says Sweetland. “The two projects have progressed rapidly. The ZEDpods scheme received planning permission from Bristol City Council recently. It’s a decision that creates affordable, low carbon housing to be developed over an existing land use – a car park in this case.”

THE VISION IS TO CREATE A DIVERSE SUPPORTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY Work has also now begun on-site at Alexandra Park in the Fishponds area of the city. This new modular, co-living community will bring together students studying at Bristol University, 16-25 year old care-leavers and key-workers. “The vision,” explains Sweetland, “is to create a diverse, supportive and sustainable community. As well as the affordable apartments, the scheme will feature an amount of shared communal space, including laundry facilities and secure cycle parking.” Housing is one of the six pillars of Bristol’s One City Plan which was published earlier this year. The document outlines the desire for around 60,000 new residential properties to be built across the city between 2020 to 2050. “The 30-year vision is that every person in Bristol will be able to afford to live in a home that is safe, secure and warm and is part of a neighbourly community,” adds Sweetland. “This is believed to be foundational to creating an inclusive and sustainable city, in which everyone can play a part.” According to Sweetland, both the ZEDpods and LaunchPad schemes follow this ethos, not only offering affordable homes but developments that, “revolve around creating mixed communities to encourage interdependence, inclusivity”, providing opportunities for residents to support one another → and learn from one another.

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BRISTOL IS HOUSING Cost effective housing is crucial to the overriding vision of the One City Plan, and this is where modular construction really comes into its own. Sometimes termed factory-built, system-built or prefabricated, the structures often have a lower build cost as they are constructed ‘indoors’ and are therefore not weather dependent. Subsequently time on-site is reduced, enabling developments to be completed in a matter of weeks, as opposed to months. Properties are built using up-to-date technologies and sustainable materials that boast greener, cleaner credentials. It is also testimony to Bristol’s innovative capabilities that many companies at the vanguard of this new practice are based in the area – again not only fuelling the local economy but also reducing construction times and the build’s carbon footprint. Two such companies are ModCell in Sevier Street and Ecomotive in Ashley Down, both of which Sweetland is keen to praise. “ModCell utilises sustainably sourced timber and locallygrown straw to produce prefabricated-structural panels and super-insulated modular homes,” he says.

Previous page ZEDpods’ project at Chalks Road Pictured clockwise from top ZEDpods’ interior design; and below, a concept home from ModCell.

WE DON’T WANT MODULAR TO BE DISMISSED AS CHEAP OR MERELY FUNCTIONAL HOUSING “This structural solution has the advantage that it can be built in flying-factories, close to project sites. Ecomotive is a self-build workers co-operative with a mission to support more people to design and build their own homes – based on their own experience at Ashley Vale [a self-build community in north-east of the city]. It is committed to seeing the delivery of more sustainable and affordable self-build or custom-build communities.” Residential design company HTA has been involved with shaping the One City Plan’s modular housing offer. Mike De’Ath, a partner at HTA, is impressed by how things are progressing in Bristol. “There’s a real focus in Bristol among the politicians and the community to develop great housing and the possibilities

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are enormous,” says De’Ath. “We don’t want modular to be dismissed as cheap or merely functional housing – we believe it has to be about good housing that is made in a factory. Right now Bristol is at the forefront of modular housing.” Jez Sweetland agrees, adding that the One City Plan opens up exciting possibilities for the future of Bristol’s housing. “With an international reputation for digital-design, innovation, precision-engineering and manufacturing, Bristol and the greater Bristol area, have a tremendous opportunity to attract investment, skills and jobs in modularmanufacturing in the region.” b

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AVONMOUTH Port of Bristol




ST WERBURGH’S University of Bristol


CLIFTON Finzels Reach

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Temple Meads

HOTWELL’S Western Harbour

Frome Gateway

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Plans for the next phase of the redevelopment of Finzels Reach are now being taken forward by developer Cubex. The scheme, situated on the former headquarters of Avon & Somerset Fire and Rescue, will feature in the region of 300 new homes, together with high-quality offices, providing jobs for around 1,100 people. The area around the development is also set to benefit with significant investment pledged for improved landscaping, as well as pedestrian and cycle routes. The new apartments will be specially designed for the build-to-rent market and will help meet the need for housing in Bristol city centre. Laid out across two apartment buildings – Millwrights Place and Coopers Court – the developments will be professionally managed, utilising an on-site maintenance team, as well as a concierge service. Designed to encourage socialisation and resident interaction, the apartments will include shared entertainment areas, a co-working space and extensive cycle storage. In line with Bristol City Council’s policy for new developments, 20% will be affordable homes. All the apartments will be built to the same high standards throughout and feature rooftop terraces. Halo, a 10,778sq m Grade A contemporary office building will be built speculatively alongside the new homes and let either to a single company or range of organisations on a floor-by-floor basis. An eye-catching entrance has been designed by Bristol-based architects The Bush Consultancy to create a sense of place and identity. Its standout feature is a corkscrew-like staircase that rises up through a glass atrium to a rooftop terrace. Bristol City Council has identified Finzels Reach as an area of high density urban development. The £140m scheme has been designed to create a strong identity and sense of place, ensuring it connects well to the surrounding area and its heritage. The plans have been refined through consultation with the local community and key stakeholders and the designs have received the backing of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, Historic England, Bristol Civic Society and Bristol City Council’s City Design Group. Work on the redevelopment of the site is likely to start in autumn 2019, subject to planning approval.

In April 2019, Channel 4 confirmed it had signed on 297sq m at The Fermentation Buildings, part of the Finzels Reach development. The Bristol site will be the base for the broadcaster’s new Creative Hub as the company moves operations out

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of London. Channel 4 will take occupancy of the premises this autumn and has already embarked on a local staff recruitment drive. Situated on the site of a former brewery, the company says the building will form a “base for key, creative decision makers”, with a particular

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focus on supporting genres strongly represented in the South West, Wales and the Midlands. Commissioning departments represented in the new Creative Hub will include: drama, factual, and popular factual, as well as the broadcaster’s creative diversity department.

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A multimillion-pound investment in a flood defence improvement project along the Severn Estuary has jump-started plans to create 12,000 jobs across the area by 2026. The 17km of improved sea defences will also serve to reduce flood risk to the nearby Avonmouth community, providing longer term certainty and opportunities for local businesses and communities. The scheme’s economic boost is matched by its eco ambition to create a new 80-ha wetland habitat to help protect internationally important bird species that live on the estuary The £80m scheme is a partnership between Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and the → Environment Agency.

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The planning application for the first phase of one of the UK’s largest community-led housing and regeneration schemes is expected to be submitted later this month. The project, which has been shortlisted for a Royal Town Planning Institute SW Award for Planning Excellence, has seen developers work side-by-side with local groups to inform the detailed design of Glencoyne Square, the project’s first phase. Alongside more than 100 muchneeded new homes, Glencoyne Square will also deliver a health centre and a library. Community members were asked to give their views on features including building styles, as well as the design of semi-private, open and public spaces. Work will start first in Arnside Road with construction expected to continue throughout 2020. These enabling works will allow the first set of buildings around Glencoyne Square to

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be built while improving the traffic and streetscape around Southmead’s centre. The journey for this project dates back to 2012 when work on the Southmead Community Plan began. This exercise highlighted the desperate need for more housing to allow those residents under-occupying threebed semis to downsize and stay in the area, thus freeing up larger homes for families and key workers. Following feasibility studies, Southmead Development Trust (SDT) was formed, and a regeneration brief was formulated. Nash Partnership was appointed in 2018 with urban planning consultants Streets Reimagined brought on board following an intensive community-led selection process. SDT took the role of client, working on behalf of the people of Southmead. Aiding Nash Partnership was the council’s City Design Group, Streets Reimagined and United Communities Housing Association. It is hoped up to 10 (or more) sites will be redeveloped over the next 15+ years.

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Bedminster Green, which sits on the south side of Bristol city centre, is being transformed into a new neighbourhood with up to 1,500 homes

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alongside purpose-built student accommodation. The project will see five, large brownfield sites come together to create a mixed residential and business community that will also benefit from attractive open spaces. Planning applications have already been submitted for three of the sites: St Catherine’s Place (Firmstone); Little Paradise (Dandara); and Pring and St Hill (A2Dominion). Alongside the new homes, the project aims to strengthen business, retail and employment interests acting as a catalyst for the overall regeneration of Bedminster. At St Catherine’s Place, developer Firmstone aims to deliver a new cinema, leisure space and £5m upgrade of the current shopping centre, as well as its housing offer. It is hoped that the development will act as a focal point for the local community. Enhanced green spaces plus improved pedestrian and cycle and public transport links (including an improved Bedminster rail station), will help reduce carbon use and make the area → more sustainable.

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Bristol City Council is currently working on a longterm plan to guide any future Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh development. Proposals will consider the transformation of Temple Meads station, as well as a vision for the surrounding 70-ha area. Over the coming months BCC will be sharing its plans more widely and is embarking on a number of engagement sessions with community, businesses and transport stakeholders to show how their feedback (collected at the beginning of this year) is helping to shape plans for the area. The project aims to deliver: b A fitting gateway to Bristol and the wider West of England area b A new, mixed use, vibrant and successful city quarter b New homes for Bristol b Transport advancements, including an improved and revitalised interchange b Station capacity improvements to meet future user demand b Improved permeability of the station and across Temple Quarter b Creation of new public space and improvements to existing public realm b Sensitive adaptation, development and protection of the station’s heritage assets b A phased approach to delivery to ensure short, medium and long-term benefits. The work was commissioned by BCC in partnership with prime funder West of England Combined Authority, Network Rail and Homes England. Following a competitive tendering process, a consortium of specialist consultants, led by Mott MacDonald and including Weston Williamson + Partners architects, AWW Architects, Alan Baxter Associates, GVA, Deloitte, Turley, TLT and Pragma, was selected to take forward the project.

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Yarlington Housing Group is working collaboratively with Bristol City Council following its selection as preferred housebuilder at sites on Crome/ Constable Road and at Herkomer Close in Lockleaze. The developer intends to provide a mix of tenures and properties to meet a variety of needs. For both sites, Yarlington has committed to delivering 50% affordable housing and 50% market sale. Profits will be reinvested directly into building more affordable homes.

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LiveWest and Keepmoat Homes were selected by Bristol City Council in September 2018 to deliver new homes on the former Hartcliffe Campus site as part of the wider regeneration of south Bristol. A reserved matters application has since been granted for this high-quality development of 350 homes. The properties will be set within an attractive landscape setting, that will include a pollinator park, wildlife corridors, orchard, living streets with integrated parking and landscaping, green and brown roofs and new tree planting, as well as improved cycling and pedestrian routes. In line with BCC policy, 30% of the homes will be affordable, with 80 properties offered for affordable rent and 25 for shared ownership, with priority lettings to local residents. The remaining 245 homes will be for open market sale. Due to start on site in October, the first properties will be ready for occupation in spring 2020.

Yarlington is currently preparing the Crome/Constable Road site for the Reserved Matters application which has been recently submitted. The application proposes a scheme of 74 plots, including social rent and shared ownership properties. The site proposes a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats; two, three and fourbedroom houses and two bungalows for wheelchair users. The housing provider recently met the planning officer and representatives from Bristol City Council’s Transport and Urban Design Teams ahead of

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preparing a full planning application for Herkomer Close. In addition, detailed plans are currently being drawn up by architects to share with ward members, the Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust and adjacent neighbours as part of Yarlington’s collaborative approach to the site. Crome/Constable Road aims to start work in July 2020. The first homes are due to be completed in January 2021. Alongside work towards the Lockleaze development, Yarlington has been busy delivering homes across

the city including 26 two-bedroom apartments for shared ownership at Filwood Park in the south of the city – its first development in Bristol. And as part of Castle Park View, the city’s landmark residential block, Yarlington is scheduled to deliver 75 affordable homes. The developer has also received grant funding from BCC to build 31 homes for affordable rent on the derelict Speedwell swimming baths site, using existing land to provide much needed homes without placing pressure → on an expanding city.

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Plans for a major regeneration site in Bristol’s Temple Quarter have been submitted to Bristol City Council. Feeder Estates LLP, a partnership managed by Square Bay, has submitted an application for the regeneration of the Silverthorne Lane site. A vibrant new canal-side quarter, hailed as “Bristol’s King’s Cross”, it is set to transform the approach to Temple Meads from the east. The mixed-use residential scheme includes plans for 367 homes, a new secondary school, commercial and academic employment space, as well as student accommodation. The plans have been produced by a team of development partners, co-ordinated by Bristolbased planning consultants Alder King and the city’s AWW architects. If approved, the scheme will see the delivery of a multi-faceted regeneration scheme on six plots spread across the site masterplan. This will include a new academic and office building to be developed by the University of Bristol on the westernmost part of the site, closest to the University’s emerging Temple Quarter Campus. A mixed-use residential scheme will be delivered by Bristol-based housebuilder Studio HIVE in partnership with Atlas Land. Designed by AHMM architecture’s Bristol

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team, it will provide 367 new homes, 7,432sq m of employment space for commercial and community employment uses and extensive areas of public realm, transforming the former industrial site into a lively waterside quarter. A new 1,600 place secondary school and sixth form – Oasis Academy Temple Quarter – will be developed by the Department for Education and operated by Oasis Community Learning, a multiacademy trust already operating eight schools across the area. Student accommodation for 750 students forms the final piece of the development jigsaw. Designed by AWW, the properties will be delivered by specialist student accommodation developer Future Generation. “We are delighted to have now submitted our planning application for this fantastic regeneration opportunity at a key gateway to Bristol,” said Tom Vaughan-Jones, director of Square Bay. “We are also very pleased to have development partners in place for every element of the scheme, meaning that work can begin immediately following a planning consent to deliver muchneeded new homes, employment space, and crucially the new school for which there is an acute need. The transformation of this Enterprise Zone site on the approach to central Bristol will send a powerful message that Bristol is very much open for business and investment.” b

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