Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, was shown new CGI images revealing what the latest major development on Bristol’s Harbourside will look like when he visited the site last Friday (31 January 2014).
When complete Wapping Wharf, which is adjacent to the MShed, will include apartments, offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel and represents the final piece of the jigsaw to regenerate Bristol’s iconic Harbourside.
Stephen Williams MP was also shown round the site where foundations have been completed and work has commenced on the superstructure on the first of two apartment buildings in phase one, comprised of one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses. Work also started last week on the new public square, as featured in the new CGI images.
Wapping Wharf is being developed by Umberslade in a joint venture with Muse Developments and is one of the most significant schemes the city has seen in recent years.
This £42 million first phase of construction, named Sugar Quay, will include 194 residential apartments, including 26 affordable homes and 865 sq metres of retail and leisure space as well as a new pedestrian pathway linking south Bristol and the Harbourside.
Stuart Hatton, director of Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) Ltd, said: “We’re very grateful to Stephen Williams for helping us to secure funding to get this major Bristol development out of the ground. Already, the foundations are laid for Sugar Quay -which means a vibrant new, living, working and leisure area for Bristol’s Harbourside is fast becoming a reality.”
Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, added: “This is a hugely exciting project for Bristol and will further develop the Harbourside, delivering a lively new waterfront quarter as well as new homes and jobs in the heart of the city.”
Duncan Cumberland, development director at Muse Developments, said: “Wapping Wharf will provide high quality homes in an enviable harbourside location. With confidence in the residential market returning – particularly in Bristol, we expect to see a high demand from potential buyers”.
A new website www.sugarquaybristol.co.uk has just launched where people can register their interest in the new apartments in Sugar Quay.
Work at Wapping Wharf started late last year, following a £12 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the largest single award in the South West made under the ‘Get Britain Building’ scheme.
The scheme will eventually retain and restore several key listed buildings and the old jail gates to enhance the City Docks conservation area and create new public spaces and routes to the waterfront.
The new stepped and ramped pedestrian route called Gaol Ferry Steps will run from Gaol Ferry Bridge, the existing footbridge over the Cut, through the site to Museum Square, a new public landscaped square on the waterfront by M Shed.
When complete, Wapping Wharf will be transformed into a community of up to 625 homes, as well as local shops, cafes, restaurants, offices and a 150 bed boutique hotel.
Umberslade, the team behind Wapping Wharf, has formed a joint venture with Muse Developments, a part of Morgan Sindall Group plc. The joint venture will progress the £42m first phase in Bristol’s Harbourside.