Studio Hive creates new offices, homes and student accommodation at Silverthorne Lane scheme in Bristol

Bespoke property developer and architect StudioHIVE is creating new offices, homes and student accommodation at the major urban regeneration project located at Silverthorne Lane, near Bristol’s Temple Meads station.

The 12-acre mixed-use site sits in the heart of the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (TQEZ) and will feature:

  • Oasis Academy Temple Quarter – a new 1,600 place comprehensive secondary school and sixth form
  • New academic and office space for the University of Bristol
  • New cycle and pedestrian routes within landscaped areas and public open space, including a new canalside walk

Within the scheme Bristol-based StudioHIVE, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, is delivering 430 new build to rent homes plus workspace in The Iron Works, in partnership with Woh Hup and Atlas Land Ltd.

It is also providing around 70,000 sq ft of new office space within St. Vincent Works, a Grade II listed building formerly occupied by Aardman Animations and at The Timber Yard, a state-of-the-art student accommodation scheme on the banks of the feeder canal, also in partnership with Atlas Land and Singapore-based construction and civil engineering specialist, Woh Hup.

“We at StudioHIVE are incredibly proud to be helping to deliver a major component of such a significant regeneration project in our home city,” says Jason Collard, director of StudioHIVE.

“The Iron Works will provide a well-connected, residential-led, mixed-use destination that produces a lasting legacy within Bristol. A new canalside walkway will be created along the north side of the Feeder Canal (part of the Floating Harbour) opening up the waterside to the public, and ultimately connecting the existing footbridge and Avon Street bridge.

“The new public spaces incorporate extensive green infrastructure including trees and planting. It is hoped that the main square will create a new destination and StudioHIVE is aiming to attract local independent businesses to the commercial food and beverage spaces and workspaces.

“Adjoining the residential site are the existing steel erecting sheds, which are part of the original St. Vincent Iron Works. We plan to breathe new life into these redundant buildings, which were formerly the Aardman warehouse, providing a unique opportunity to deliver contemporary highly sustainable office space whilst showcasing valuable heritage assets and bringing them back into viable use.

“The high quality landscape of the heritage yard and central square will complete the vision of the site to transform this part of Bristol into a new destination and vibrant community, becoming the central hub of the Silverthorne Lane and wider TQEZ area. Cycle and pedestrian routes will connect through the site and into the proposed wider network. In addition, StudioHIVE is discussing the creation of a new Bristol ferry stop, enabling an extension of the Bristol ferry service.

“The Timber Yard comprises a 706-bed student accommodation scheme adjacent to the new University of Bristol campus with a mix of cluster flats and studio rooms, an on-site cinema and gym, common rooms and study spaces.

“In its totality Silverthorne Lane represents the biggest regeneration of a brownfield site in Bristol for some time, one which will provide huge social value benefits for one of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods.”

The Timber Yard is expected to be completed in 2026 and The Iron Works, residential development and St. Vincent Works, in 2029.

StudioHIVE is also involved in several other high-profile projects in the South West including the development of Weston-super-Mare RFC, transforming the site and providing new facilities for the rugby club, together with a new purpose-built NHS health centre and pharmacy, with a new clubhouse proposed in the second phase.

It is also involved in the proposed transformation of the former Battleaxes pub in Wraxall, North Somerset, into new offices, homes, a business hub and a licensed cafe/coffee shop.