Finzels Reach Bristol, UK
The redevelopment of Finzels Reach, a prominent site in central Bristol, incorporates a large, mixed-use scheme including 399 residential units. The site is located on the historic Courage Brewery site fronting the Floating Harbour, and is intended to be a new landmark centre for residents and visitors alike. Sheppard Robson’s proposal for the residential element also includes 92 affordable units.
Building heights vary between five and ten storeys, with setbacks over the top two or three levels, allowing for penthouse accommodation. The buildings adjacent to the listed Generator Building adopt a subservient relationship with it, but those on the Floating Harbour achieve a scale consistent with the historical ‘cliff’ mass. Car parking, where provided, is at basement level, with direct lift access to upper levels. The residential accommodation is distributed over a number of buildings, each with its own identity.
The residential proposal incorporates parts of the existing brewery walls, using materials that reflect the surrounding context and character - Bristol Brick, pennant stones and Bristol and Bath Blue glasses; quality contemporary materials - stainless steel, zinc and copper - are integrated within this. The bold, sustainable regeneration of this prominent location links new with old, respecting the heritage of the former brewery. The public realm unifies the mixed-use development and respects the historical urban grain.
- H D G Mansur Group
- 60,000 m2