FCBStudios designs mixed-use development in the heart of Bristol

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FCBStudios designs mixed-use development in the heart of Bristol

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FCBStudios’ redevelopment plans for St Mary le Port Bristol have received planning approval, spearheading the transformation of the key site into a vibrant part of the urban fabric. The project takes up the historical importance of the bell tower and the ruins of St Mary le Port church, restores the street patterns from before the Second World War while reconnecting the district to the city center. Comprising office and retail space, the project aims to enhance the working and shopping experience of central Bristol.

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The design developed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for client MEPC, in collaboration with Bristol City Council and the local community, offers a mixed-use development in the heart of Bristol that revitalizes the neighborhood while reframing its historic heritage. The project offers three new buildings that replace three vacant bank buildings from the 1960s, comprising office space and business units for retailers, cafes, restaurants and bars. The design improves access to Prak Castle, restoring historic street patterns while offering repair of the ruins of the church, allowing the public free access to the historic heritage.

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We have worked closely with our client, Bristol City Council, and local community groups to develop a program that restores historic streets, with a focus on the restored ruin of St Mary the Harbor Church, reconnecting the town to an improved castle park. The program encompasses future needs for a sustainable and healthy, post-Covid workspace above a public face of small-scale independent shops and cafes connecting historic St Nicholas Market and the wider heart of the Bristol city center. – Keith Bradley, Senior Partner FCBStudios


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The project aims to increase the biodiversity on the site by 85%, by proposing the planting of new trees, the development of the castle park, as well as green terraces. Terraced planters would help activate the street levels, increasing the connection with the neighboring park.

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