'Bristol Res' Blog • 13 April 2018
One of Bristol’s oldest streets is set to have a new lease of life as an extensive regeneration plan for the collection of buildings fronting Broad Street has been reveled.
Broad Street dates back to Saxon times and was one of the original four streets that Bristol was founded upon. Linking the buildings on Broad Street is a fascinating network of medieval streets and passageways – all of which according to site developers Artisan Real Estate Investors, will be preserved and landscaped as part of the new plans.
Clive Wilding, Property Director of Artisan, said: “The extensive proposals for this mixed-used regeneration project will bring a wealth of opportunity to the city and have been carefully considered to ensure minimum disruption to the local community and a focus on environmental sustainability.”
The site which includes the Natwest Court will be developed to include a 250 bed 4* Hotel, two residential blocks and a number of retail units.
Wilding continues ”An experienced team with a strong reputation in Bristol will be drafted in to minimise the risk to adjoining listed buildings during the works, including the Grade I listed St John’s the Baptist church.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to redevelop such a historic area that is currently under-utilised. Bristol is a unique city with a fantastic story to tell and we look forward to bringing this site back to life.”
Artisan are working closely with Bristolian architects Alec French to manage the renovations.
Robin Gray of Alec French added: “Having designed Natwest Court when it was built in the 1970s, it is wonderful for Alec French Architects to be able to return to re-purpose the building. There are some breath-taking views and vantage points from the building and we will be incorporating these into the design to create exceptional guest accommodation and private residences, and plan to fully utilise the roof space in a way that is sensitive to the adjoining historical buildings”.
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Bristol Rugby win promotion back to the Premiership
Nineteen wins out of 20 games so far have ensured that Bristol Rugby are guaranteed to finish top of the Championship this season and secure a return to the Premiership.
Bristol’s victory over Nottingham on Friday, coupled with closest rival Ealing’s loss to Doncaster, means that the title will be heading to Ashton Gate.
“I’m very proud of everybody in the organisation – the players, staff, supporters and the board,” said head coach Pat Lam.
“They’ve done a tremendous job. We were favourites to do it, but there’s been a lot of hard work put in.
We’re back in the Premiership and that was our goal, but the hard work steps up and the preparations continue for the top flight. We’ve been clear that our vision is Champions Cup, a pathway for England and Bristolians coming through.The first step was to get out of the Championship and now we have to prepare for the next phase.”
Bristol Rugby’s final home game of the season at 7.45pm on Friday, April 13 promises to be a promotion party, with bands pre- and post-match, a stage for live entertainment in the concourse, food stalls and bars in the fan village, and of course the Championship trophy presentation. Tickets are still available.
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