Bristol Harbourside Building Project Restarts

Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

Builders are to return to Bristol Harbourside to restart stalled project to build 200 new homes, a hotel and retail and office space, thanks to £12m from the Get Britain Building programme. The Homes and Communities Agency released the cash to unlock the vital first phase of the Wapping Wharf project. It marks the biggest commitment of GBB funding so far in stalled housing projects. Sutton Coldfield developer Umberslade can now start work in March, with completion of the first phase expected in 2015.


The overall project has the potential to deliver 625 apartments, a hotel and 250,000 sq ft of retail and office space. But the development stalled during the last five years because of a lack of available loan finance. Get Britain Building is targeted to bring forward sites with planning permission to build 15,000 homes. The programme makes loans available to projects on commercial rates, or takes equity stakes to share risk. The investment is recoverable over a two to five year period.


Umberslade Managing Director Stuart Hatton said: “This investment has played a significant part in helping unlock the continued development of what has been a huge success story for Bristol over the last 25 years. We see this as a vote of confidence in what we are working to achieve and we’re focused on ensuring that this investment makes a positive difference to the city centre.”


Other partners involved in the project include Sovereign Housing Group and Knightstone Housing Association, who will manage 81 of the rented apartments once built.