Plans have been passed by Bristol City Council (April 2019) for The Old Brewery in Southville, Bristol. This is a residential-led development that will include 94 new homes, of which 16 will be affordable, 9 shared ownership, and 7 for social rental (2 of which will be 3-bed, 5 person houses) together with 2,000 sq m of co-working and commercial space.
Located on the site of the old Ashton Gate Brewery and Thomas Baynton’s Brewery, and most recently home to short-term and underutilised warehousing space, the new development is being brought forward by The Old Brewery MCC LLP, a joint venture partnership between Change Real Estate and Cannon Family Office.
We aspire to deliver an exemplary scheme that will provide a mix of market and affordable housing, and create a catalyst for the continued development and regeneration of this part of south Bristol.
The 0.5 ha brownfield site lies between North Street, Ashton Road, Baynton Road and Durnford Street. Existing buildings on the site with historical interest will be retained, such as the Bristol Byzantine Weighbridge House, the Gatehouse and its stone gate piers; some buildings such as the Brewery Manager’s House will be rebuilt; whilst new buildings will complement the heritage and design of the existing architecture.
The Old Brewery, Southville, promises to be an exciting place to live and work. It will be centred around two landscaped courtyards, the first linking North Street to other parts of the development, whilst the second will be a private, green, secure space for use by residents. Design of the public realm plays an important part within the Old Brewery, Southville, with pedestrianised areas, terraces, courtyards, as well as a strong focus on public art. The Old Brewery MCC hopes to continue its relationship with Upfest, Europe’s largest free street art festival, to create an ever changing bold and colourful landscape within the development.
The apartments will be in two blocks of 7 and 8 residential floors situated within the southern part of the site, designed by architects The Nash Partnership to reference the area’s industrial red brick buildings.
Ron Persaud, director of Change Real Estate says,
“The Old Brewery will reflect the rich industrial heritage of the site, providing employment space in the form of flexible co-working opportunities, creating new homes and preserving buildings of historical interest.
“With the Old Brewery we want to help create a community that stands the test of time.”
Ron continues, “North Street is a vibrant, bustling and diverse area. With local businesses that include the Bristol Beer Factory, the Brewery Theatre and the Tobacco Factory, The Old Brewery will contribute to the creative character of the neighbourhood.”
The Old Brewery will have a mix of 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments, as well as 2 three-bedroom houses, secure parking for 41 cars, and storage for 202 bicycles. The development will have fully accessible communal and public areas, with suitable ramping steps, level access approaches and thresholds.
Architects: Nash Partnership
Planners: Avison Young
Landscape Architect: Liz Lake Associates
Highway Engineers: Hydrock
Structural Engineers: Hydrock
Fire Engineers: Hydrock
Mechanical Engineers: SDS Engineering Consultants
QS: Randall Simmonds
Principal Designer: Nash Partnership