Mixed-use scheme on Bristol’s largest brownfield redevelopment to include largescale office space

July 4, 2024

Bristol property development and architecture firm Studio Hive has released new details about its plans for a major mixed-use scheme at the heart of the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

The 12-acre urban regeneration project on Silverthorne Lane behind Bristol Temple Meads railway station will include offices, homes and student accommodation. 

It will be developed alongside a new 1,600-place comprehensive secondary school and sixth form – to be called Oasis Academy Temple Quarter – and new academic and office space for the University of Bristol, as well as new cycle and pedestrian routes within landscaped areas and public open space, including a new canalside walk.

StudioHIVE is also discussing creating a ferry stop on the canal to extend the city’s ferry service and provide a water link as far as Hotwells, via Temple Meads and The Centre.

StudioHIVE will be responsible for 430 build-to-rent homes plus workspace in partnership with Singapore-based construction and civil engineering firm Woh Hup and London-headquartered development manager Atlas Land, which acquired the site two years ago as part of the wider Silverthorne Lane masterplan. 

Both have been involved in residential schemes in Bristol over recent years, including a student accommodation scheme on Dean Street in St Pauls.

Along with housing, the Silverthorne Lane development will also provide around 70,000 sq ft of new office space in St. Vincent Works, the Grade II listed building formerly occupied by Aardman Animations, at The Timber Yard, a state-of-the-art student accommodation scheme on the banks of the Feeder Canal, pictured top, and in The Iron Works residential-led, mixed-use scheme, pictured above.

StudioHIVE director Jason Collard, pictured, said the firm was “incredibly proud to be helping to deliver a major component of such a significant regeneration project in our home city”.

He added: “The Iron Works will provide a well-connected destination that produces a lasting legacy within Bristol. 

“A new canalside walkway will be created along the north side of the Feeder Canal, 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.”

He said the firm planned to breathe new life into the three redundant steel erecting sheds next to the residential site that were originally part of the original St. Vincent Iron Works.

These would provide a unique opportunity to deliver contemporary, highly sustainable office space while showcasing valuable heritage assets and bringing them back into viable use.

The Timber Yard will include accommodation for 706 students next to the new University of Bristol campus, now under construction, with a mix of flats and studio rooms as well as an on-site cinema and gym, common rooms and study spaces.

Jason added: “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 Enterprise Zone area.

“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.

Studio Hive, which was set up 10 years ago by Jason and his wife Natalie, is involved in working on a string of urban projects in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Cambridge.

These include the redevelopment of Weston-super-Mare RFC’s ground, 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.

The firm is also planning to transform the former Battleaxes pub in Wraxall, North Somerset, into new offices, homes, a business hub and a licensed cafe/coffee shop.

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