Western Harbour masterplan, Bristol

Last month Hayhurst and Co defeated a strong shortlist to win the contest to mastermind the £10 million overhaul of Bristol’s Filwood Community Centre. In September, meanwhile, the Bristol Housing Festival shortlisted five architects for the redevelopment of a site on Midland Road in the city’s Old Market Quarter.

Bristol is the largest city in South West England with 463,400 residents. The latest contract has been announced just weeks after a team including AHMM was chosen to masterplan a 130ha area surrounding Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

Bids to deliver the contract will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality, 20 per cent social value and 20 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold employer’s liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £10 million and professional indemnity insurance of £3 million.

Competition details

Key aims for the waterfront area – which is close to the Grade I-listed Clifton Suspension Bridge but dominated by several large roads – include introducing a mix of residential, workspace and leisure uses.

Project title BSH/CEN/Western Harbour Masterplan and Infrastructure Delivery Plan – Phase 1
Client Bristol City Council
Contract value £1 million
First round deadline Midday, 18 December 2023
Restrictions Applicants must provide details of three contracts, to meet the technical and professional ability criteria set out in the procurement documents in any combination from either the public or private sectors; voluntary, charity or social enterprise (VCSE) that are relevant to the requirement. VCSEs may include samples of grant-funded work. The examples must be from the past seven years
More information https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=57949ccf-8d84-ee11-8125-005056b64545


The search for a design team comes two years after Turner Works won a competition to create a community-inspired ‘place shaping’ vision for the Western Harbour regeneration zone.

The search for a design team also coincides with the appointment of Studio Egret West by Conygar Bristol to shape a sustainable, residential led mixed-use neighbourhood for the South St Philip’s Marsh site. In September, DK-CM was appointed by Bristol City Council to create, in collaboration with local communities, a Place Shaping Strategy for the heart of Bristol Harbour.

‘The location is unique in many ways with its view down Avon Gorge towards Clifton Suspension Bridge, its position as the western-most point of the floating harbour, as home to the three bonded warehouses, and as a key link in the road network.

The latest masterplanning commission focuses on the city’s Western Harbour area which includes Spike Island west of Avon Crescent, Cumberland Basin and the Plimsoll Swing Bridge. Key aims include creating a new disctinctive gateway to Bristol, supporting a thriving local community, building on a tradition of innovation and embracing freedom and nature.

The team selected for the commission will draw up a RIBA Stage 2 masterplan concept report and an infrastructure delivery plan for the post-industrial area surrounding Cumberland Basin.

‘Western Harbour faces challenges in making sure the infrastructure and Bristol’s flood defences are fit for the 21st Century, addressing the urgent ecological and climate emergencies, and to meet aspirations in the Local Plan Review to address the housing crisis.’

According to the brief: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to guide the rejuvenation of the western gateway to Bristol with its first-ever masterplan.

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