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April 21, 2017

New measures to help pedestrian and cycle flow on Gaol Ferry Steps

As Gaol Ferry Steps becomes more popular, with summer approaching and the opening of Cargo 2 in a few weeks, we have introduced some new measures to help the flow of cyclists and pedestrians using the route.

A central lane has been created for cyclists with new studs marking the lane, leaving spaces either side for pedestrians. To encourage people to use the designated lanes, we've put up temporary signs to direct people initially until people get used to this new system.

"Gaol Ferry Steps was designed as a shared space for both pedestrians and cyclists. As the route has become more popular, we have decided to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to use different areas to ensure it's a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone. These changes mean that people travelling on foot will be able to wander in and out of the retailers along the Steps or just stop and chat to friends without interfering with the flow of cyclists travelling in and out of the city" explains Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf.

"We are always trying to find new ways of improving the space for the benefit of all who use it as this new quarter continues to evolve."

March 20, 2017

Bristol Gig Club Annual Regatta set to draw in the crowds this Saturday

Rowing crews from across the South and South West will gather in Bristol this Saturday as Bristol Gig Club hosts its fourth annual regatta weekend with the support of Wapping Wharf.

Umberslade, the developers behind Wapping Wharf, is sponsoring Bristol Regatta 2017 for the third year running, having also bought a gig boat (a six-oared rowing boat), called Wapping Wharf, for the club in 2015.

Crews will be racing along the length of the harbour from Prince Street Bridge to the Underfall Yard with the action coming thick and fast with races every 15 minutes. The rowers will competing in men's, women's, men's vets and women's vets categories with some youth racing too. The races will be full sprints with crews reaching up to nine knots using muscle power alone and fighting their way around the bends and straights to the finish line.

Racing starts at 10am with the final race taking place at 4.45pm, followed by the prize giving ceremony at 5pm. The base for the crews and best place to watch the day is Baltic Wharf by Bristol Marina and opposite the Grain Barge. The event will also have hot drinks, cakes, barbecue food and other goodies available throughout the day.

Glenn Baker, regatta co-ordinator at Bristol Gig Club, said: "It's brilliant to have the support of Umberslade again. We are very happy to be working with people who are so actively involved in regenerating this part of Bristol and who are committed to creating a vibrant new waterside neighbourhood for our city. We are looking forward to a furious and fantastic day of racing and the weather forecast is looking good!"

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, which is sponsoring the regatta, said: "Bristol Gig Club Annual Regatta is a fantastic event that brings people together for a fun-filled day of racing and entertainment for the wider Bristol community. If you've not been along before, I'd very much encourage you to do so as it's a great day out! A few days ago Bristol was named the best city to live in the UK by The Sunday Times – it is events like these that help to make this city such a brilliant place to be so we are delighted to be sponsoring it again."

March 20, 2017

Calypso Kitchen opens at Wapping Wharf

Calypso Kitchen at Wapping Wharf is opening its doors to the public next week (27th March) with a grand launch to follow.

The brainchild of William Clarke and Ariel Czaczkes, founders of Bristol's own Biblos, Calypso Kitchen is an authentic Caribbean casual diner and the latest retailer to open along Gaol Ferry Steps at Wapping Wharf, Bristol's new harbourside neighbourhood.

Calypso Kitchen emerges out of William's Barbados roots and is very close to his heart, with recipes having been handed down and refined over the generations.

William Clarke said: "Expect big flavours from the 24-hour 'low and slow' cooked curry goat, Jerk belly pork and barbecue Jerk baby back ribs. Tasty fish dishes like our pepper shrimp, grilled red mullet will also be on the menu, with vegetarians and vegans well catered for with such delights as red pepper and aubergine Gumbo, Bajan macaroni pie and sweet potato pie."

The pair will also be bringing their popular Middle Eastern and Caribbean street food wraps to Wapping Wharf. Ariel's family recipes, which have been enjoyed by droves of Bristolians for the last eight years, will be packed into tasty Khobez flatbreads. Everything is made in house from the hummus, falafel mix, marinades and sauces.

Calypso Kitchen is open to the public next week (27th March) and is hosting a grand opening event at the end of the week (31st March)

William Clarke added: "We are so excited to be opening in Bristol's new foodie quarter and we are looking forward to getting to know our neighbours, retailers and residents alike!"

The Biblos boys were one of two caterers chosen for Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement park and can also be found at Glastonbury festival and several other large events throughout the year.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind the retail and CARGO units at Wapping Wharf, said: "It is hugely exciting to have Calypso Kitchen joining our vibrant new community at Wapping Wharf. This marks the final opening along Gaol Ferry Steps with all the retail units now let and open so it's a fantastic milestone for this new quarter for Bristol. We are sure that William Clarke, Ariel Czaczkes and their team will be a brilliant addition to the eclectic mix of eateries, shops and other retailers who have already made Wapping Wharf their home."

March 13, 2017

Latest retailer line-up announced for CARGO 2

The latest line-up of businesses set to join CARGO 2, the second phase of Bristol's first retail hub made of converted shipping containers, is announced today.

With the fit-out of the CARGO 2 units about to start, Gopal's Curry Shack, The Bristol Cheesemonger and a new venture from Brace & Browns have been confirmed as the latest retailers to join this next phase of CARGO, part of Wapping Wharf, the city's vibrant new harbourside quarter.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind CARGO, said: "It is great to have this trio of fantastic independent retailers join CARGO at Wapping Wharf. CARGO 2 is shaping up to have a brilliant mix of businesses on board, ranging from a yoga studio to a massage studio, from a jeweller's to a juice bar, and including an amazing array of tasty food options that hail from around the world."

Gopal's Curry Shack serves vibrant and creative Indian inspired street food with a seasonal British twist.

"We are so excited to be joining a fabulous community of independent retailers at CARGO. The CARGO development is a perfect fit for us: independent businesses, community focused and forward thinking. Our vision is to bring colour, a little bit of spice and delicious vegetarian Indian street food to Wapping Wharf!", said Melanie Taylor of Gopal's Curry Shack.

The Bristol Cheesemonger is a small independent business specialising in local and UK territorial cheeses. Building a strong relationship with the dairy or farm, it goes straight to source collecting the best local and seasonal cheeses from within the West Country.

Rosie Morgan, owner of The Bristol Cheesemonger, said: "As the business owner, I am excited about the new opportunities moving to CARGO will bring my business, as well as being surrounded by such a variety of small independent retailers."

Meanwhile, the new venture into CARGO 2 from Brace & Browns will be "the fancier, younger and sexier cousin of Brace & Browns", bringing plush cocktails and a new sharing style of eating to the scene. Its name will be unveiled at a later date.

"Wapping Wharf is such a cool concept; it's fast become a real hub of Bristol living. It embodies everything that makes this city so brilliant: innovative design, amazing food, a stunning location, great people and very good times. Being a part of Wapping Wharf was too big an opportunity to turn down. We can't wait to open, join the neighbourhood and continue feeding, watering and entertaining the fine folk of Brizzle", said David Brown, owner of Brace & Browns.

Here is the list of retailers joining CARGO 2 who have been previously announced:

• Spuntino – Meaning "snack" in Italian, Spuntino specialises in small plates of Italian-influenced New York comfort food, set in a charming and elegant interior inspired by the roadside diners of 1950s America.
• Cargo Cantina – Sister restaurant to Bristol favourite, Bravas, Cargo Cantina is a taco bar inspired by the cantinas of Mexico City. 
• Mabboo – Mabboo is an independent Bristol-based retailer specialising solely in clothing and accessories made using the world's most sustainable plant, Bamboo.
• Salt & Malt - Chef and restaurateur, Josh Eggleton, will open a second Salt & Malt, serving signature gluten free fish and chips, as well as holding popup events and tasting menus. Salt & Malt Cargo will include an outdoor terrace with stunning views of The Matthew and Bristol's Floating Harbour.
• The Athenian – The Athenian is a street food endeavour following in the steps of traditional Greek souvlaki.
• John Kelly 1880+ – Selling design-led jewellery, silver and metalware, circa 1880 to the present day, with a slant toward post-war Scandinavian and British design.
• Pure Yoga – Pure Yoga will be offering lunchtime express classes as well as early morning and evening classes for all levels.
• CUPP Bubble Tea – CUPP specialises in authentic Taiwanese bubble tea and noodles. CARGO will be CUPP's third opening in Bristol.
• The Pickled Brisket – Bristol's first dedicated salt beef bar, serving locally-sourced hot salt beef sandwiches.
• Oliver's Ice Cream Ltd – Oliver's is coming to CARGO with a proven track record in making artisan Italian ice cream (gelato) and sorbets from almost entirely natural ingredients.
• Loop Massage – Loop will be a small, perfectly formed oasis of calm, offering bespoke, affordable massage to the people of Bristol.
• TARE – TARE will be a 20-cover restaurant, with a menu regularly changing throughout the year allowing the team to work with the season's best local produce.
• Story @ Cargo – Story @ Cargo aims to become the neighbourhood butchery and take-away dedicated to using whole animals as much as possible, raised responsibly, often organic and always free-range.
• Big Juice – Big Juice will provide nutritional, freshly-prepared fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies.

March 9, 2017

Hat trick of recognition for Wapping Wharf

Wapping Wharf has clinched a hat trick of award shortlistings – and all in the space of a few days.

Phase one of the scheme has made the shortlist for the following awards:

• RESI Awards, national residential property awards organised by Property Week – Development of the Year category
• Bristol Life Awards, awards celebrating the best of business in the city – Property category
• Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards – South West Residential category

These shortlistings come hot on the heels of a recent award win at Insider's South West Property Awards 2016 where phase one was named South West residential development of the year.

Wapping Wharf is one of Bristol's most significant development schemes and the final piece of the jigsaw that will complete the regeneration of the floating harbour.

Phase one of the project, which completed in spring 2016, has created a thriving new quarter for the city, featuring high quality homes as well as a strong focus on independent retail, providing a real sense of place and community.

Collaboration between developers Umberslade and Muse Developments, the Homes and Communities Agency, Sovereign and architects Alec French, together with Bristol City Council, enabled the successful delivery of phase one.

December 14, 2016

First CARGO 2 containers arrive as retailers are announced

The first shipping containers set to be transformed into the second phase of Wapping Wharf's CARGO have arrived.

CARGO 2 – part of Bristol's first retail yard made of converted shipping containers – will be home to a host of businesses, including the following:

• Gambas – Gambas is the sister restaurant to Bristol's favourite tapas bar, Bravas, and will be specialising in prawns, seafood and authentic Andalusian tapas.
• Mabboo – Mabboo is an independent Bristol-based retailer specialising solely in clothing and accessories made using the world's most sustainable plant, Bamboo.
• Salt & Malt - Chef and restaurateur, Josh Eggleton, will open a second Salt & Malt, serving signature gluten free fish and chips, as well as holding popup events and tasting menus. Salt & Malt Cargo will include an outdoor terrace with stunning views of The Matthew and Bristol's Floating Harbour.
• The Athenian – The Athenian is a street food endeavour following in the steps of traditional Greek souvlaki.
• John Kelly 1880+ – Selling design-led jewellery, silver and metalware, circa 1880 to the present day, with a slant toward post-war Scandinavian and British design.
• Pure Yoga – Pure Yoga will be offering lunchtime express classes as well as early morning and evening classes for all levels.
• CUPP Bubble Tea – CUPP specialises in authentic Taiwanese bubble tea and noodles. CARGO will be CUPP's third opening in Bristol.
• The Pickled Brisket – Bristol's first dedicated salt beef bar, serving locally-sourced hot salt beef sandwiches.
• Oliver's Ice Cream Ltd – Oliver's is coming to CARGO with a proven track record in making artisan Italian ice cream (gelato) and sorbets from almost entirely natural ingredients.
• Loop Massage – Loop will be a small, perfectly formed oasis of calm, offering bespoke, affordable massage to the frazzled people of Bristol.
• TARE – TARE will be a 20-cover restaurant, with a menu regularly changing throughout the year allowing the team to work with the season's best local produce.
• Story @ Cargo – Story @ Cargo aims to become the neighbourhood butchery and take-away dedicated to using whole animals as much as possible, raised responsibly, often organic and always free-range.
• Big Juice – Big Juice will provide nutritional, freshly-prepared fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind CARGO, said: "We've worked hard to strike a balance so that each business complements one another, and together they provide a fantastic offering. We are really excited to see these new shipping containers arrive at Wapping Wharf and look forward to seeing this new, thriving community continue to grow and flourish."

Forty nine containers will make up CARGO 2, with the businesses occupying 38 of them and mainly shopping on the ground floor and restaurants above. It will be located adjacent to CARGO 1, which includes 18 containers. CARGO 1 is already open and home to Woky Ko, Chicken Shed, Shambarber, The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium, PIGSTY, Bristol Cider Shop, BOX-E, Lovett Pies and Corks of Cargo. CARGO 2 is due to open in early 2017.

Mokoko, Better Food, Bertha's Pizza, Little Victories and Wild Beer Co are already open along Gaol Ferry Steps, with Biblos and Fig 1 due to open soon.

JLL is the agent acting on behalf of Umberslade for retail lettings at Wapping Wharf.

December 7, 2016

Independent homeware shop Fig 1 is to open at Wapping Wharf

Fig 1, the home and kitchen accessories shop, will become the latest independent retailer to join the Wapping Wharf community when it opens its doors in the coming weeks.

Mark Fletcher, owner and founder of Fig 1, and his team, are currently fitting out 9 Gaol Ferry Steps, where he will be launching his second shop before Christmas. Fig 1 is taking 775 sq ft of space at Wapping Wharf – the last remaining retail space on Gaol Ferry Steps.

Proudly independent, Fig 1 was established in 2007 in Totterdown, where it still has a shop, and provides a range of home and kitchen products and accessories. The company also has an online shop at www.fig1.co.uk

Mark Fletcher said: "We have always had a love for colour at Fig 1 and we will most certainly be bringing this passion to our new shop at Wapping Wharf, where we will offer our customers an eclectic mix of products from cards to cookbooks, and from cool lighting to tableware. It is incredibly exciting to be launching a second shop and we felt there was no better place to do it than at Wapping Wharf, which is such a vehement supporter of the independent retail scene. There is a real buzz about the place and we are really looking forward to being involved."

Fig 1's shop at Wapping Wharf will have a warm and cosy warehouse feel to it, with industrial materials and trestle style tables softened by the use of recycled wood, warm lighting, house plants and soft furnishings. It is planning to have a soft launch in the next few weeks.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, one of the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We can't wait for Fig 1 to open at Wapping Wharf. It will be a superb addition to this new community, complementing the retailers we already have open and offering a huge range of products for the home or to be given as gifts. We are very pleased that the final unit at Gaol Ferry Steps is now let, as it paves the way for this new part of the city to become established as a new independent retail quarter for Bristol."

Fig 1 stocks one of the widest ranges in the UK of quirky Danish designer Rice, known for its colourful melamine products. Fig 1 also stocks: Nkuku, a fair-trade UK home interiors company with a Scandinavian feel; Bloomingville, a Danish interiors company; and a range of smaller Bristol-based makers and artists.

November 29, 2016

CARGO is unwrapped for Christmas

Wapping Wharf's CARGO is set to officially launch on Saturday 3rd December with a giant ribbon cutting and Christmas celebration.

Retailers at the shipping container development will be extending their wares onto their terraces; ramping up the festive cheer with a Christmas tree forest from the Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium and plenty of mulled cider and warming port from the Bristol Cider Shop and Corks at CARGO.

As well as outdoor cooking at Pigsty and a pudding bar at BOX-E, there will be lots of tasty food to eat in or out at Lovett Pies, Wokyko and Chicken Shed, and Shambarber will have the clippers at the ready to spruce people up in time for Christmas party season.

The festivities will run up Gaol Ferry Steps too – where the trees have been lit up with fairy lights – with seasonal pizza toppings at Bertha's Pizza; mulled wine and mince pies at Better Food; and Christmas-y drinks and beer at Little Victories and the Wild Beer Company.

Music and merriment - including a chance to win a prize from every CARGO venue - will run from 12noon to 6pm. And an award will be given to the person sporting the most spectacular Christmas jumper or outfit.

November 10, 2016Upfest exhibition at Cargo

New outdoor street art gallery installed

A new contemporary art exhibition is being installed at Bristol's new dockside neighbourhood, Wapping Wharf to showcase Bristol's renowned street art and graffiti scene.

In partnership with Upfest, two large murals have been installed today on the converted shipping containers at CARGO to create a new outdoor gallery. Different artwork will be exhibited throughout the year as the murals rotate to showcase Bristol's talented contemporary artists.

The first mural by Gemma Compton features her recognisably intricate floral designs and the second by Sophie Long features the renowned Bristol cormorants in brightly coloured hues.

Gemma Compton explores the meaning of love, life and loss drawing on her own life experiences of death and mortality in her contemporary style experiments with pattern, texture and symbolism while Sophie Long explores the boundaries of expressive art, usually with a focus on animal portraits.

Steve Hayles, Upfest commented: "Bristol is known for its independent food and street art scenes so it's a natural fit to bring together the best of Bristol and install an outdoor gallery space to showcase Bristol's contemporary artists at CARGO, a hub for independent retailers. With Gaol Ferry Steps, south Bristol and Bedminster seeming closer to the centre than ever before, it's great to create a showcase for the street art scene just over the way from Upfest HQ."

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of CARGO at Wapping Wharf said: "We are committed to creating a strong sense of community at Wapping Wharf and supporting the independent creative spirit that is at the heart of this city and our new partnership with Upfest perfectly reflects this vision. We have two wonderful murals to kick off this project and we're looking forward to being able to showcase more local talent throughout the year."

November 10, 2016Art installation at Gaol Ferry Steps

New public art installation unveiled

The finishing touches have been put in place to a striking new art installation by artist Karsten Huneck along Gaol Ferry Steps at Wapping Wharf.

The eye-catching structure is located towards the bottom of Gaol Ferry Steps, the new pedestrian route that runs through the new community.

Made from weathered steel, intricately cut and illuminated with energy-efficient LED lighting, this artwork is the first in a series of permanent commissions by Ginkgo for the Wapping Wharf development, on behalf of developers Umberslade and Muse Developments.

Artist Karsten said: "We wanted to create an artwork that was integrated into the architecture of the site. The entrance and staircase help to create a new public space and the exposed column in the space reminded us of an old Victorian theatre. This inspired us to create an intricate ceiling using a traditional Victorian pattern which is lit from above with LED lighting to create a stunning, illuminated piece."

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade said: "I'm thrilled to see the new artwork now unveiled. It's a striking visual piece that gives the new Wapping Wharf development a sense of individuality and a creative vibe."

October 14, 2016

Wapping Wharf scoops award

Phase one of Wapping Wharf was named South West residential development of the year at Insider's annual property awards.

Held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel, Insider's South West Property Awards 2016 honoured a range of schemes, professionals and developers from across the region.

The judges said: "The high quality design of Wapping Wharf caught the collective eye of the judges. The exciting range of retail, food and beverage units in this regeneration project have created a vibrant community with a great atmosphere."

Wapping Wharf is one of Bristol's most significant development schemes and the final piece of the jigsaw that will complete the regeneration of the floating harbour.

Phase one of the project, which completed in spring 2016, has created a new quarter for the city, featuring high quality homes as well as a strong focus on independent retail, providing a real sense of place and community.

Collaboration between developers Umberslade and Muse Developments, the Homes and Communities Agency, Sovereign and architects Alec French, together with Bristol City Council, enabled the successful delivery of phase one.

October 6, 2016Hayley Wright from The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium with her dog Daisy

First retailers at Wapping Wharf’s CARGO set to launch next week

The first retailers at Wapping Wharf's CARGO, Bristol's first ever retail hub made of converted shipping containers, are set to open their doors next week (w/c Oct 10th).

Openings at CARGO 1 – the first phase  – will take place over the course of the next fortnight at Bristol's new harbourside quarter, which is becoming known as the city's new foodie hub, with images now revealed offering a first look inside. The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium is expected to be the first to open early next week.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of CARGO, said: "There is a real buzz about the place at Wapping Wharf as the retailers make the finishing touches to their fit-outs and their opening fast approaches. We can't wait for CARGO 1 – a first for Bristol – to come to life and, along with our other fantastic retailers at Wapping Wharf, begin playing its own part in supporting the city's thriving independent retail scene. It really is a hugely exciting time to be involved in the vibrant foodie culture for which Bristol is so well known."

CARGO 1 will be home to the following independent retailers:

-          Woky Ko - A 30-seater Asian restaurant and takeaway headed up by MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen of Cen at Celtic Manor.

-          Chicken Shed – a finger-lickin' dine-in, dine-out chicken shop, opening in September, created by the team behind food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, co-founded by Michelin-starred Bristol chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap, Amelia Twine, Nick Roberts and organic farmer Luke Hasell.

-          BOX-E – Modern British seasonal cooking by award-winning chef Elliott Lidstone featuring a four-seat kitchen table for those who want to experience the buzz of the kitchen in full.

-          PIGSTY – The first PIGSTY restaurant brought to you by the three brothers behind The Jolly Hog and Will Collier, current Harlequins player.

-          Lovett Pies - artisan gourmet pies from the West Country from Lovett Pies' first shop in Bristol.

-          Bristol Cider Shop - Established cider shop complete with cider tastings.

-          Corks of Cotham - Local wine, spirits and beer merchant opening its third site at CARGO.

-          The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium - Independent florist, stylist and event specialist. Opening its first retail unit at CARGO.

-          Shambarber – Famed Stoke Croft barbershop will be opening its second venue, offering styling for all.

Retailers already open at Wapping Wharf include Mokoko, Bertha's Pizza, Little Victories, Better Food and Wild Beer Co, with Pizzarova trading from its pop-up crate.

Both CARGO 1, which includes 18 converted shipping containers, and CARGO 2, a similar hub adjacent to the first and approximately twice the size, have received planning consent. Many of the units, which are set across two levels, have glass frontages, views out onto the waterfront and outside terraces. CARGO 2 is expected to open in early 2017.

September 28, 2016

Biblos brings a taste of the Caribbean to Wapping Wharf

Biblos, known for its fast-food fusion of Middle Eastern and Caribbean cuisine, will become the latest independent food retailer to launch at Bristol's Wapping Wharf when it opens its doors this winter.

Since owners William Clarke and Ariel Czackers set up their first Biblos in Stokes Croft in 2010, they have gone on to open outlets in St Werburghs and Gloucester Road, while also building a presence at local festivals. The new restaurant, totalling 915 sq ft, will create 10 new jobs and will overlook the harbour from its home at 6 Gaol Ferry Steps.

William Clarke said: "Our new eatery will serve fresh homemade wraps for which Biblos is renowned, as well as our new Kitchen Calypso menu which is exclusive to Wapping Wharf. There will be a bigger emphasis on Caribbean inspired dishes such as jerk chicken, prawn gumbo, oxtail stew and my favourite roasted jerk belly pork; all this will be accompanied with coconut rice 'n' peas, slaw and plantain."

He added: "We're very much looking forward to working alongside the fantastic line-up of independents which are either open already or coming soon to Wapping Wharf, which is becoming an exciting, new destination for food lovers. While we're very well known in the east of the city, it's exciting to have this opportunity to branch out into a completely different part of town. Plus, it's also the first time we've ever taken on brand new premises, so we're enjoying the chance to set everything up from scratch just how we want it."

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "Located in an ideal spot to relax by the harbourside, Biblos will make a great addition to Wapping Wharf's growing community. With an eclectic mix of food and drink venues, ranging from pop-ups to cuisine from some of Britain's top chefs coming very soon, it is fantastic to see our vision for this new community with a 'foodie' focus becoming a reality."

August 30, 2016

Learn more about Wapping Wharf as part of Bristol Doors Open Day

Wapping Wharf will be hosting talks and tours as part of Bristol Doors Open Day 2016.

As Wapping Wharf comes to life with residents now moved in, retailers opening on site and CARGO, the city's first retail yard made of converted shipping containers, soon to launch, members of the public are invited to a 'tour and talk' to find out more about this major regeneration scheme on Saturday, 10th September.

Wapping Wharf is both a venue and sponsor of Bristol Doors Open Day 2016.

Wapping Wharf, which will include over 600 homes when complete, is making a name for itself as Bristol's new 'foodie' hub, with Better Food Co, Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf, Mokoko, Bertha's Pizza, Pizzarova and Little Victories now open. Phase one is now complete with initial works underway in preparation for phase two.

The 'talk and tour' sessions will be hosted by Mark Osborne, director of Alec French Architects, the architects behind Wapping Wharf, from 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. They will include:

- An overview of the masterplan for Wapping Wharf, one of the final pieces of the jigsaw in the regeneration of the Floating Harbour.
- A view of the design proposals for the next phase of development, and for CARGO, which is currently under construction.
- A look back at the design proposals for phase one, now complete, which includes 194 homes in total and a host of independent retailers.
- A panoramic view of the site forms part of the tour, which will take in the public areas within the development and a trip up to the roof of M Shed.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, one of the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "Bristol is a fantastic city full of fascinating places to explore. Doors Open Day is a great opportunity to celebrate all the wonderful architectural, cultural and historical treasures it has to offer and perhaps learn something new about them at the same time."

Members of the public who would like to join one of the sessions should book in advance via this link. 

Sessions start at the vacant unit in Wapping Wharf's Chandlers House, left of the main entrance to the building on the east side of Gaol Ferry Steps. Those who haven't booked but would like to join a tour are welcome to turn up speculatively on the day and take part as long as the maximum capacity of 20 for each tour hasn't been reached.

Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September to encourage people from across the country to come and visit iconic places including St Mary Redcliffe Church, the Colston Hall and the Hippodrome and pay tribute to the people that have shaped the city. Bristol Doors Open Day is produced by The Architecture Centre in partnership with Heritage Open Days.

The Tour of Britain will be passing by Wapping Wharf on Saturday, September 10th, so it would be advisable to plan your travel arrangements in advance by visiting Bristol City Council's website

To find out more about the event, click here

August 10, 2016

First CARGO shipping containers arrive at Wapping Wharf

The first shipping containers destined to be transformed into CARGO – a new retail concept for Bristol – will land at Wapping Wharf today.

CARGO, the city's first retail yard made of converted shipping containers, will be part of Wapping Wharf, Bristol's new harbourside quarter, which is quickly making a name for itself as the city's new foodie hub.

CARGO will be home to a host of independent retailers including:

- Woky Ko - A 30-seater Asian restaurant and takeaway headed up by MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen of Cen at Celtic Manor, opening this September.

- Chicken Shed – a finger-lickin' dine-in, dine-out chicken shop, opening in September, created by the team behind food festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, co-founded by Michelin-starred Bristol chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony & Trap, Amelia Twine, Nick Roberts and organic farmer Luke Hasell.

- BOX-E – Modern British seasonal cooking by award-winning chef Elliott Lidstone featuring a four-seat kitchen table for those who want to experience the buzz of the kitchen in full.

- PIGSTY – The first PIGSTY restaurant brought to you by the three brothers behind The Jolly Hog and Will Collier, current Harlequins player.

- Lovett Pies - artisan gourmet pies from the West Country from Lovett Pies' first shop in Bristol.

- Bristol Cider Shop - Established cider shop complete with cider tastings.

- Corks of Cotham - Local wine, spirits and beer merchant opening its third site at CARGO.

- The Mighty Quinns Flower Emporium - Independent florist, stylist and event specialist. Opening its first retail unit at CARGO.

- Shambarber – Famed Stoke Croft barbershop will be opening its second venue, offering styling for all.

Retailers already open along Gaol Ferry Steps – the new pedestrian route through Wapping Wharf, connecting the city centre to south Bristol – include Mokoko, Better Food and Wild Beer Co, with Pizzarova trading from its pop-up crate. Little Victories and Bertha's Pizza will also be opening soon.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer of CARGO, said: "It is hugely exciting to be involved in bringing a new retail concept to Bristol with the arrival of CARGO. This is a first for the city and will bring something unique to its vibrant independent retail scene. We are thrilled that Wapping Wharf has attracted such an eclectic mix of food and drink venues, ranging from pop-ups to cuisine from some of Britain's top chefs."

Both CARGO 1, which includes 18 converted shipping containers, and CARGO 2, a similar hub adjacent to the first and including 28 containers, have received planning consent. Many of the units, which are set across two levels, have glass frontages, views out onto the waterfront and outside terraces. It is anticipated that the first retailers in CARGO 1 will open in  the autumn and in CARGO 2 in 2017.

The retail property agent for the Wapping Wharf development, including CARGO, is JLL.

Will Duckworth, senior retail surveyor at JLL in Bristol, said: "The vision for CARGO has always been to provide a stepping stone for fledgling businesses including pop-ups and street traders and give them a chance to scale up. As it is so rare for independent retailers to be given the opportunity to come into a city centre regeneration project like this, we have also had interest from more established independents, but we are keen to get the right balance and there are still opportunities for smaller street traders to get involved in CARGO 2."

July 28, 2016

Bertha’s Pizza soon to open at Wapping Wharf

Bertha's Pizza is getting ready for its upcoming opening at Wapping Wharf.

The story of Bertha's Pizza began six years ago with a backyard oven named Bertha and a dream to make world-class pizza. It was whilst Graham Faragher was working at some of the world's best pizzerias that mobile Bertha was born. Ever since, Graham and his wife Kate have been touring far and wide in their bright yellow Land Rover with an oven in the back.

Their characteristic sourdough pizzas, which are baked at 500 degrees for 60 to 90 seconds, saw them become finalists in the BBC Food & Farming Awards and put them in The Sunday Times top 25 pizzerias in the UK.

Now they are opening a pizzeria, complete with a hand-built Neapolitan oven, at Wapping Wharf, with a soft launch planned for August. Its focus will be on pizza but there will also be fresh bread, house-made gelato and plates of local and house-made charcuterie and cheeses for sale.

Kate Faragher, co-owner of Bertha's, which will be based at The Old Gaol Stables at the top of Gaol Ferry Steps, said: "Bertha's will be a friendly, owner-run, neighbourhood restaurant serving simple, affordable food which brings a smile to your face. We will continue to team up with the best producers, the more local and sustainable the better. We're not doing this for fashion, trends, or even to sell more pizza. We're doing it because we care and because we want to see those we partner with flourish too."

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We are thrilled that Bertha's Pizza is opening soon at Wapping Wharf, offering residents and visitors alike the chance to relax in a cosy setting and tuck into delicious sourdough pizzas. Bertha's Pizza will fit in perfectly at Wapping Wharf where we are building a community-focused quarter brimming with independent retailers bringing with them tasty food and drink and more."

July 15, 2016

Pop-up eateries set to celebrate Harbour Festival at Wapping Wharf

Some of the best of Bristol's independent food and drink scene are set to celebrate Harbour Festival at Wapping Wharf this weekend.

Pop-up eateries from Biblos and The Jolly Hog will be open alongside Pizzarova's crate at the bottom of Gaol Ferry Steps to cater for festival goers who are expected to flock through this new pedestrian route from Southville and beyond. Wild Beer Co will also have a pop-up in its soon-to-be completed premises on Gaol Ferry Steps.

Organic food shop and café Better Food Co and coffee shop and bakery Mokoko, among the first retailers to launch at Wapping Wharf, will also be open over the weekend to join in the festivities.

Bristol's Harbour Festival, one of the city's biggest – and free – events, featuring art, dance and music, kicks off tonight (July 15th) and runs until Sunday evening (July 17th).

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We expect it to be buzzing at Wapping Wharf over the weekend with Better Food and Mokoko, as well as pop-ups by Biblos, The Jolly Hog, Wild Beer Co and Pizzarova on hand to provide festival goers with some great food and drink options, an opportunity to relax and hopefully enjoy some sunshine! It's brilliant to see Wapping Wharf coming to life and playing its own part in Bristol's vibrant arts, cultural, and food and drink scenes."

July 13, 201618th Century Cottage Remains

Remains of 18th century cottages unearthed at Wapping Wharf

The remains of 18th century cottages related to Bristol's historic shipbuilding trade have been unearthed at Wapping Wharf as part of an archaeological dig carried out in preparation for works to start on phase two of this new harbourside development.

This historic site is located just east of the area that was home to West Wapping dry dock, one of the most important docks in the city from the early 18th century until the closure of the Wapping shipbuilding yards in the 1860s.

The archaeologists have uncovered the wall of the early 18th century 'ropewalk' – an area where rope for use on the ships was made – as well as the remains of some cottages dating back to at least as early as the 1730s. The discovery of items such as domestic floor tiles and a stone-setting for a ladies' ring seemingly confirm that the eight or nine buildings within this area must have been the homes of mariners, shipwrights and others involved in shipbuilding and the Atlantic trade.

Some of the cottages were later demolished when the area changed hands in 1830, though one of the buildings was possibly converted to a commercial use at this time, and certainly by the late 19th century when it became the office of a timber yard. Evidence has also been found of the 20th century rebuilding of the timber yard offices and stores as the harbour railways developed.

Simon Cox, head of fieldwork at Cotswold archaeology, who led the archaeological dig at Wapping Wharf, said: "These findings are significant as they help us piece together the story of Bristol's shipbuilding trade, which played an important part in the city's evolution. West Wapping dry dock rose to prominence in the early 19th century following the construction of the floating harbour in the early 1800s. Indeed, Brunel's Great Western, the first steam-ship purpose built for crossing the Atlantic, was launched in 1837 from West Wapping dock, and at the time was the largest ship in the world."

Preparatory works for the next stage of Wapping Wharf have included the stabilisation of the listed Old City Gaol gatehouse, with construction work expected to begin later in 2016. Over 320 new apartments will be delivered as part of phase two of the scheme, including further affordable homes, with this next phase of homes being delivered by Umberslade in a joint venture with Muse Developments. The Old City Gaol gatehouse will be renovated to create a new pedestrian path through the site.

July 13, 2016Wild Beer

Wild Beer Co makes first foray into Bristol with opening at Wapping Wharf

Wild Beer Co will be launching its first restaurant and craft beer bar in Bristol at the city's newest harbourside community, Wapping Wharf, this summer.

Wild Beer Co will occupy the 1960 sq ft glass-fronted, corner unit closest to the water along Gaol Ferry Steps, the newly opened route running through Wapping Wharf, connecting south Bristol with the city centre. This marks the opening of Wild Beer Co's second site with its existing restaurant and craft beer bar based in Cheltenham.

Rich Kilpatrick, managing director of Wild Beer Bars, said: "We are incredibly excited to be getting our hands on our first Bristol site and Wapping Wharf is the perfect fit! We intend to create a unique eating and drinking experience where you'll feel both comfortable and engaged, with a creative interior and an external terrace perfect for waterfront alfresco dining. When open, we will be pouring both our own great range of beers as well as others from some of our best brewing friends, both at home and abroad. Food will play a big part in what we do at Wapping Wharf; flavour and taste lead everything we produce."

Wild Beer Co, which expects to create at least 15 new jobs at Wapping Wharf, will be joining Better Food Company, Little Victories and Mokoko, which have all confirmed their upcoming openings this summer, and Pizzarova, whose crate is already up and running at the site.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "It is brilliant to see such great examples of independent food and drink retail coming on board at Wapping Wharf. Our vision for this new community with a 'foodie' focus is really starting to become a reality as the likes of Wild Beer Co and other independent restaurants, shops and cafes confirm their upcoming openings. Wild Beer Co will be a fantastic addition to the neighbourhood and will offer people a great place to relax with friends – with the option of enjoying the summer sun on their terrace too. There are plenty more retail announcements to come, so watch this space!"

April 28, 2016

Bristol mayor George Ferguson pays visit to Wapping Wharf as residents move into new affordable homes

Mayor George Ferguson paid a visit to Wapping Wharf this week as residents moved into the new affordable homes that form part of this new harbourside community for Bristol.

Mayor George Ferguson, who was accompanied by deputy mayor Geoff Gollop on his visit, said: "Having dug the first sod at Wapping Wharf, it is wonderful to be back again now that the first phase of this major regeneration project has come to fruition. It is a really exciting time at Wapping Wharf where residents are now moved in, independent retailers will soon be opening on site and Gaol Ferry Steps – the new route that runs through the development connecting the city centre and south Bristol – is now open to the public.

"What is extra special about Wapping Wharf is that it marks the start of a new community along the harbourside, with the development spanning a variety of residential uses encompassing privately-owned and rented homes, as well as affordable housing both for rent and shared ownership right in the heart of the city."

The 26 affordable homes are among 194 homes that form part of the first phase of Wapping Wharf. Over 100 residents have now moved into their homes so far, including nine who are Knightstone's residents in the affordable rented homes.

Nick Horne, CEO of Knightstone Housing, Bristol's leading housing association and the registered provider of the affordable homes at Wapping Wharf, said: "Wapping Wharf is a fantastic regeneration project; it's great to be able to provide affordable homes for rent in central Bristol, where property prices are so high. We have received a huge amount of interest in our shared ownership apartments already and the feedback we are getting from residents who have already moved in has been hugely positive."

Ten of the affordable apartments are for social rent, two of which have full disabled access and are on the ground floor. There are also 16 apartments being sold through shared ownership. The affordable apartments are integrated into the wider development, with some located alongside Gaol Ferry Steps, which will be lined with independent food and drink retailers.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, one of the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We are very pleased to welcome all of our new residents to this new quarter, which offers easy access to all that the city centre has to offer in terms of leisure, culture, work and education opportunities. We are committed to creating a vibrant new quarter at Wapping Wharf offering a real sense of community for residents, nearby areas and people from across the city to embrace. We are delighted that we are now seeing this new neighbourhood come to life. The city council has played an important role in helping to make this happen, showing what can be achieved through a collaborative approach."

Duncan Cumberland, residential development director at Muse Developments, which has delivered the first phase of homes in a joint venture with Umberslade, said: "With much focus at present on accessibility to quality housing within the UK, Wapping Wharf is an excellent example of a truly mixed tenure development with private sale apartments sitting side by side with affordable homes and those for private rent. It offers residents from across the spectrum access to high quality new homes in the heart of Bristol, as well the opportunity to be part of a new community."

Phase one of Wapping Wharf includes 113 private sale homes, named Wapping Wharf Living, as well as 55 homes that are operated for private rent by Sovereign, and the 26 affordable homes, which are one and two-bed apartments. Over 80 further affordable homes will be delivered as part of phase 2 of the Wapping Wharf scheme; phase 2 will include over 320 homes in total.

As part of a package of community benefits being delivered as part of the scheme, £1.5 million is being contributed to M Shed in addition to the redevelopment of Museum Square and extension of Museum Street. Outside of this package of benefits, Umberslade sponsors the annual Bristol Gig Boat regatta and invested in a new gig boat last year for the club, named Wapping Wharf. It is also backed the ss Great Britain's Being Brunel project to build a new museum, is a corporate sponsor of Bristol Museums and sponsored Bristol's Harbour Festival for the last two years. Wapping Wharf is currently the sponsor of the Food Trail as part of Food Connections, a city-wide food festival which kicks off this week.

April 28, 2016

Better Food announces upcoming opening of third store at Wapping Wharf

Better Food, the Bristol-born independent organic food retailer, has announced it will be opening its third store at Wapping Wharf, in July.

Better Food will be taking three units totalling 2,450 sq ft of space on a 15 year-lease along Gaol Ferry Steps, the newly opened route connecting the city centre and south Bristol, running through the Wapping Wharf development. 

Phil Haughton, managing director at Better Food, which will create 30 jobs at the Wapping Wharf store, said: "I am delighted that a commitment to independent retail is such an important part of Wapping Wharf's ethos. This new Bristol quarter is about to get famous; soon it will be home to a vibrant new cluster of independents with the flare, passion and creativity we all bring.

"At Better Food, we are fizzing with excitement. Not only does this signify an important expansion for our business, but it is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a new food community. For years, we have been asked to open in south Bristol and our new store will be easily accessible by the thousands of walking and cycling commuters from this part of the city who will be passing by our new home every day."

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We are very excited that Better Food is joining our new community at Wapping Wharf, an addition that chimes perfectly with our vision to create a new quarter with a strong focus on independent food and drink retail. It is great they are opening this substantial new store, which will be conveniently located not just for residents but for the wider city centre and commuters on their way to and from work.

"Better Food combines fresh, organic, local food with convenience and a strong community ethos, while being a champion of independent retail and fair prices across the food chain. This is just the kind of retailer we want to be working with at Wapping Wharf. With other great independent retailers such as Mokoko and Small Street Espresso already on board, and now Better Food confirmed, the announcements are coming thick and fast, with plenty more on the way!"

Better Food, whose ethos is focused on building a better, fairer food community, offers the largest range of organic and local food in the UK. As the first certified organic cafe in Bristol, Better Food, which was started over 20 years ago, prides itself in providing the best offer of fresh, organic produce available and a friendly and caring shopping experience. Eighty per cent of its fresh produce range is bought from The Community Farm.

April 19, 2016

Artisan bakery and coffee house Mokoko announces upcoming opening

Mokoko, a speciality coffee house and artisan bakery, will be making its first foray into Bristol's vibrant food and drink scene when it opens at Wapping Wharf in early June.

Bath-based independent retailer Mokoko is to set up its new venture along Gaol Ferry Steps at Wapping Wharf. It will include an open plan bakery where visitors will be treated to the spectacle of seeing everything from fresh bread to home-made cakes baked in front of them, as well as a speciality quality coffee offering.

As well as indoor seating, there will be seating outside on the terrace in front of Mokoko for visitors keen to take advantage of the summer sunshine. Mokoko has agreed to take two units totalling 1600 sq ft on a 10-year lease at Wapping Wharf. 

Jake Harris, founder and managing director at Mokoko, who has been working in the coffee and hospitality industry for 20 years, said: "We are thrilled to be joining the new Wapping Wharf community. When we heard about this new quarter at the very heart of the cultural and leisure hub of the city, and with a strong focus on independent food and drink, we knew it would be the perfect fit for us."

"Mokoko is proud to be an independent retailer with an ethos focused on providing high quality coffee and baked goods, as well as excellent service. We can't wait to welcome our first customers into Mokoko at Wapping Wharf in just a matter of weeks."

Their team also includes Dale Ingram, head pastry chef & baker with over 30 years of experience working with sourdoughs and levens, and Jordon Keen, a highly skilled barista and former UK Barista Championship competitor, who will both be based in Bristol.

Mokoko, which already has two coffee houses in Bath, has been trading for five years and will initially create around 15 jobs when it opens in Bristol following its investment in a major fit-out of its new units.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, one of the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "Mokoko is going to be a brilliant addition to the Wapping Wharf quarter and fits in perfectly with our vision to create an exciting, new neighbourhood offering a real community vibe and brimming with independent retailers. We have had a huge amount of interest from retailers keen to become a part of Wapping Wharf and we are really looking forward to seeing the first ones open this summer."

April 13, 2016

Gaol Ferry Steps opens at Wapping Wharf

Gaol Ferry Steps – a new route connecting south Bristol to the city centre – has been opened to the public, marking an important milestone in the creation of a vibrant new harbourside quarter at Wapping Wharf.

Many people's commutes to work or trips to the floating harbour will be improved thanks to the new tree-lined pedestrian route providing access from Gaol Ferry Bridge straight down to the waterfront and Museum Square.

Gaol Ferry Steps is an important part of this new neighbourhood, which is coming to life with 112 apartments now occupied. The route is set to be lined with independent retailers, including food and drink outlets such as Small Street Espresso's second café, Little Victories, due to open in the coming months.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We are thrilled that Gaol Ferry Steps is now open, providing a pleasant and much more convenient new route to the waterfront for local residents and the wider Bristol community. This area is really going to come to life this year with our new container yard for independent retailers, Cargo, due to be completed in early summer and further announcements about retailers for Gaol Ferry Steps expected soon.

"We are grateful for the public's patience during construction and we are delighted to now open Gaol Ferry Steps."

March 29, 2016

Bristol’s first retail hub made of converted shipping containers gets go-ahead

The green light has been given to plans for Cargo – Bristol's first ever retail hub made of converted shipping containers – at Wapping Wharf, the city's new harbourside community.

The news comes as Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, reveals new plans for a second, similar retail hub on site, named Cargo 2, due to popular demand.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, said: "It has been great to receive such an enthusiastic response to our plans for Cargo. We have been inundated with expressions of interest from across the country, from pop-up street food vendors to fine dining restaurateurs. With 40 retailer enquiries in Cargo alone, we have decided to submit plans for a Cargo 2 to meet this demand.

"Both Cargo and Cargo 2 will be a fantastic addition to Bristol's vibrant 'foodie' scene and fit in perfectly with our community ethos and focus on independent food and drink at the wider Wapping Wharf development."

The first Cargo site will comprise 10 converted shipping container units of varying sizes and will be located between Gaol Ferry Steps – the new pedestrian walkway connecting south Bristol and the city centre – and Museum Square. Planners gave consent to the project last week, meaning work is expected to start in the coming months with completion expected in early summer.

The aim is to see the space occupied by independent food and drink retailers, in line with the vision for Wapping Wharf, to create a new 'foodie' quarter for the city with a strong community focus. Outside decking on the top of Cargo – the second of two levels – will offer sweeping views of Bristol's beautiful harbourside.

The single containers each measure 8ft by 20ft and will have glass frontages, offering views out onto the waterfront, with the ground-level units able to spill out onto a terrace. The lower level will be divided into five single units, plus three double units, while a larger unit – equivalent to the size of five individual containers – will occupy the top level, along with another double. The double containers measure 16ft by 20ft.

If the plans get the go-ahead, Cargo 2 would comprise 28 converted shipping containers across two levels and will be located adjacent to Cargo. Also with a focus on independent retailers, Cargo 2 will again include units of varying sizes, also featuring glass frontages. Plans have been submitted to the council and a decision expected in the coming weeks.

Stuart Hatton added: "It is a hugely exciting time for Wapping Wharf now that people are getting settled into their new homes and retailers are gearing up to open on site. Small Street Espresso will be opening a new cafe at Wapping Wharf soon and there are plenty of other announcements of this kind to come soon – watch this space! We are aiming for an eclectic mix of retailers from pop-up juice bars to florists, barbers to burgers, fine dining to street food."

Bristol is already home to Engine Shed 2, shipping containers used as office space at Temple Meads and an extension of the enterprise hub, Engine Shed, but Cargo will mark the first time this concept has been used as retail space.

Anyone with expressions of interest in Cargo – or Cargo 2 – can contact Will Duckworth at property agents JLL in Bristol, which is marketing the hubs for let, on 0117 9305752 and will.duckworth@eu.jll.com.

March 22, 2016

Anchors Away! Wapping Wharf backs annual regatta

Rowing crews from across the South West will gather in Bristol next month as the Bristol Gig Club hosts its annual regatta weekend with the support of Wapping Wharf. 

Umberslade, the developers behind Wapping Wharf, is sponsoring Bristol Regatta 2016 for the second year running, having also bought a gig boat (a six-oared rowing boat), called Wapping Wharf, for the club last year.

The event, which will take place at Baltic Wharf near the Bristol Marina on Saturday April 2 from 10am, will include gig boat racing throughout the day and there will be plenty for spectators and non-rowers too including a raffle, stalls and BBQ.

Stuart Hatton, director of Umberslade, said: "The regatta chimes perfectly with the community vibe of Bristol's vibrant harbourside area and we want to continue supporting events like this, which help make this part of the city such a lively, fun and colourful place to live. Bristol has a totally unique character based on its strong sense of localism and independence and we want to nurture that at Wapping Wharf.

"I've tried my hand at rowing a few times and am really looking forward to seeing the Wapping Wharf gig boat take to the water again this year. It's great to know that our sponsorship of the regatta is helping to support a fantastic community initiative which brings people from across the city and beyond together."

Glenn Baker, regatta co-ordinator at Bristol Gig Club, said: "It's brilliant to have Umberslade's support again. We are very happy to be working with people who are so actively involved in regenerating this part of Bristol and who are committed to creating a vibrant new dockside neighbourhood for our city."

February 11, 2016

Last penthouse show apartment for sale at Wapping Wharf Living

Just one penthouse show apartment remains for sale at Wapping Wharf Living. 

The final apartment for sale at £545,000 is a two-bedroom penthouse with two terraces. It also includes two en-suites and two allocated parking spaces.

With many of the apartments boasting sweeping views and the site offering easy access not just to the city centre and its lively cultural and leisure hub, but to trendy quarters such as Southville and Spike Island, it is no surprise that buyers have been snapping up these high quality homes fast.

More than 100 residents have now moved into Wapping Wharf Living, the name given to the residential element of phase 1, with 60 per cent of a total of 113 private sales going to owner-occupiers, while over a third of all buyers from Bristol and the South West, paving the way for the growth of a new community-focused neighbourhood for the city.

With Bristol recently named the fastest-growing city outside London in a new ONS report, there has also been strong interest from investors – with 40 per cent of private sales attributed to them.

Phase 1 includes 113 private homes, with only one remaining for sale, as well as 55 homes that are operated for private rent by Sovereign. There are an additional 26 affordable homes that form part of the site.

Plans are well under way for phase 2 of Wapping Wharf and prospective buyers can sign up to register their interest by emailing sales@wappingwharfliving.co.uk or calling 0117 403 3500.

January 28, 2016CGI of how Cargo could look

Bristol’s first retail hub made of recycled shipping containers planned for Wapping Wharf

Bristol looks set to get its first ever retail hub made of shipping containers at Wapping Wharf – a concept that has proved popular in places like Shoreditch's 'Boxpark'.

If the plans get given the go-ahead, this 'foodie'-focused retail hub, named Cargo, would comprise 10 recycled shipping container units and would be located in front of Bristol's new harbourside Wapping Wharf development – between Gaol Ferry Steps and Museum Square.

The aim would be to see the site occupied by independent food and drink retailers, in line with the vision for Wapping Wharf to create a new 'foodie' quarter for the city with a strong community focus. Outside decking on the top of Cargo – the second of two levels – would offer sweeping views of Bristol's beautiful harbourside – the perfect spot to relax in the sunshine during the summer months!

The units themselves – each measuring 8ft by 20ft – would have glass frontages, also offering views out onto the waterfront, with the ground-level units able to spill out onto a terrace. The lower level would be divided into five single units, plus three double units, while a larger unit – equivalent to the size of five individual containers – would occupy the top level, along with another double.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "It is an exciting time for Wapping Wharf now that people have moved into their new homes and we have started to announce the names of the retailers that will join this emerging community. At the end of last year, we announced that Small Street Espresso would be opening a new cafe at Wapping Wharf, and we have more news of this kind to come soon.

"Cargo would see the creation of an additional cluster of retailers at Wapping Wharf, fitting in nicely with the independent, 'foodie' feel we are envisaging for this new Bristol quarter. The type of retailer we expect to see taking space at Cargo might be anything from a pop-up smoothie seller to a street food retailer – and everything in between – and we think this will be an excellent addition to the city's vibrant food and drink scene."

Umberslade has submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council to install Cargo, with a decision expected over in a couple of months.

November 23, 2015Stuart Hatton of Umberslade and John Drysdale of Small Street Espresso

Specialist coffee bar Small Street Espresso is first retailer to join Wapping Wharf

Small Street Espresso has become the first retailer to join Wapping Wharf, paving the way for the creation of a new community in the heart of the city's cultural and leisure hub.

Described by Time Out as having been at the forefront of the coffee revolution in Bristol when it opened in 2012, Small Street Espresso has become a popular spot for both those with a penchant for cosy cafe culture as well as the city's coffee aficionados. Now, it has signed a deal to open up a second site at Wapping Wharf, which is coming to life as phase one nears completion and residents move into their new homes.

John Drysdale, who set up Small Street Espresso with his business partner Chris Chubb, said they are looking to create "something a bit different, with its own feel" at Wapping Wharf, while retaining some key elements of Small Street Espresso's appeal such as its high end, artisan coffee offer, warm customer service and focus on provenance.

Small Street Espresso's offering will be extended at the Wapping Wharf site to include a shop for customers to buy coffees for home use with expert advice available on selection and brewing techniques. John and Chris are currently working on further plans to give the cafe its own unique identity, to be revealed in due course!

John said: "We're very excited to have the opportunity to be part of this new Bristol neighbourhood with a strong community focus and independent feel. We're looking forward to bringing our unique coffee experience to the harbourside and meeting lots of new customers from the Wapping Wharf neighbourhood and beyond for their morning coffee hit as they walk to work."

The new site, which will have a different name to Small Street Espresso that is yet to be announced, is double the size of the existing cafe, which seats 10, with space for around 25 people to relax and enjoy espresso and filter blends all roasted by local roasters Clifton Coffee. Small Street Espresso will continue to work with Bristol favourite Harts bakery at the new site, bringing their tasty breads and pastries to the harbour area.

November 10, 2015The launch of the public consultation at Wapping Wharf

Major consultation on region's housing and transport future launched at Wapping Wharf

A key consultation on the future of the West of England's housing and transport provision has been launched at Wapping Wharf.

Members of the public are being urged to share their views and help shape how the region's next generation of new homes and associated infrastructure will look.

Leaders of the area's four local authorities chose to kickstart the process on Monday, November 9, at the site of Bristol's latest harbourside development, which is expected to feature 600 new apartments when complete.

Wapping Wharf is reaching the end of its first phase of development, which includes 168 apartments and will offer a new community-focused neighbourhood for the city.

The West of England needs 85,000 new homes by 2036. With 56,000 currently planned or approved, options as to where a further 29,000 homes could be built are being explored.

The plan sets out an ambitious 20-year vision for getting housing built at a pace that meets local need and is affordable but the three-month consultation process encourages residents to examine maps, with all options up for debate.

In line with national policy, the focus for new housing will be on previously developed land to minimise the need for developing green space wherever possible.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: "My ultimate goal is to make Bristol one of the world's most liveable cities. It is therefore encouraging that we are working as a city region, planning across local authority boundaries to deliver the affordable housing, land for business growth and the necessary transport and community infrastructure we need to create sustainable communities.

"We need to do this whilst protecting our natural environment both within the city and in the surrounding areas. This consultation is a great opportunity for people from across the West of England to find out more about the possible options and let us know what they think, and I look forward to hearing people's views."

The West of England Joint Plan consultation opened to the public on Monday 9 November and people have until January next year to tell the councils what they think of the proposals set out by housing and transport officers for discussion.

Visit www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk for more details of how to share your views.

The draft Joint Spatial Plan will be published in autumn 2016, and finally submitted to government in 2017. It could be formally adopted in early 2018.

October 20, 2015

New residents move into Wapping Wharf

A new quarter that will complete the regeneration of Bristol's iconic floating harbour is coming to life as new residents make a home for themselves at Wapping Wharf.

Wapping Wharf – which is reaching the end of its first phase of development – offers a city-centre location, close to the heart of Bristol's leisure and cultural core, combined with a slice of tranquillity that comes with being positioned on the edge of the city's glistening waterfront.

With many of the apartments boasting sweeping views and the site offering easy access not just to the city centre, but to trendy quarters such as Southville and Spike Island, it is no surprise that buyers have been snapping up these high quality homes fast.

Many of the apartments have been bought by buyers in Bristol and the South West, paving the way for the growth of a new community-focused neighbourhood for the city.

As part of the wider Wapping Wharf development, which is expected to be complemented with independent restaurants, cafes and shops, an important new connection between the south of Bristol and the city centre is being created. Gaol Ferry Steps, which will be tree-lined, will run through from Gaol Ferry Bridge to the new public square. Landscape works to the route are progressing well, with it due to open in the coming weeks.

Wapping Wharf is expected to feature 600 apartments, with phase one of development including 168 apartments. Around 90% of apartments in the first phase have now been sold or reserved. Prospective buyers can sign up to register their interest in the next release of properties by emailing sales@wappingwharfliving.co.uk or calling 0117 930 5678.

August 5, 2015View of balloons taking off from Wapping Wharf

80% of available homes at Wapping Wharf snapped up

Wapping Wharf Living has now sold 80% of its available homes and with many of the apartments boasting views across Bristol and the rolling Mendip Hills beyond, it's no surprise the city's newest harbourside development is proving popular.

The views on offer from the balconies of some of Wapping Wharf's phase one apartments were evident when dozens of hot air balloons took to the skies last week in preparation for this weekend's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, due to kick off on Thursday (August 6), is now in its 37th year and is Europe's largest ballooning event.

Set to become a new, vibrant and community-focused neighbourhood for the city, Wapping Wharf is expected to feature 600 apartments, complemented with independent restaurants, cafes and shops. The site is the final piece in the jigsaw that will complete the regeneration of the iconic floating harbour.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "The views from Wapping Wharf of balloons taking flight across Bristol are a wonderful illustration of the fact the development sits at the very heart of the city's vibrant cultural and leisure hub, with major landmarks and important cultural venues and events only a stone's throw away."

August 4, 2015Cast of a Thousand Seasons Past in rehearsal. Picture by Camilla Adams

New theatre show is inspired by heritage of Wapping Wharf

The heritage of the Wapping Wharf site will be in the spotlight this week with the performance of a new piece of theatre about the area's rich history.

A Thousand Seasons Past features young actors from the Bristol Old Vic and Travelling Light and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Young Roots Grant and the developers of the site, Umberslade.

The young cast created the show after exploring the Bristol archives and delving deep into local history.

It brings to life fascinating stories from the past, including the Bristol Riots of 1831, the industrial heritage of the Harbourside and heart-rending stories about some of the young people hanged at the New Bristol Gaol, which was previously housed on the site.

A Thousand Seasons Past is performed by a cast aged from 11-22 in a specially-created open-air auditorium on M-Shed's Museum Square from 5-8 August.

Bristol Old Vic Young Company Producer Sian Henderson said: "This project is enabling young people to discover and engage with their local history in an incredibly creative and innovative way.

"Some of the extraordinary stories about the gaol in particular struck a chord with the young people researching the stories of the site. We're all seeing the area in a new light."

Stuart Hatton, director of Umberslade, said: "Wapping Wharf is a new quarter of Bristol being created in an area which is rich in history, so it is fitting that this public art commission uses culture to engage young people with the site's past.

"On a personal level, I'm a big theatre fan and so I'm looking forward to seeing the performance against the backdrop of Bristol's famous harbour this summer."

July 23, 2015

Wapping Wharf hosts Harbour Festival’s new Jazz Quarter

Wapping Wharf, Bristol's newest harbourside development, recently hosted a new addition to the city's Harbour Festival – a dedicated quarter for jazz enthusiasts.

The Harbour Festival, which ran from July 17-19, is the city's largest cultural event, covering over two miles with dance, music, arts and circus acts.

Bands such as The Gershwin Gang, Mohawkestra, Dam Busters, Bucucrasu Kesty Morrison Duo, Mark Lawrence and World Government entertained music fans in the new Jazz Quarter, sponsored by Wapping Wharf.

Held in the old gaol area at the site on Wapping Road, Bristol, the event aimed at jazz enthusiasts saw a variety of gigs performed live on the bandstand with the chance to enjoy drinks at the bar and grab a bite while experiencing this new waterside neighbourhood.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developers behind Wapping Wharf, said: "Wapping Wharf is a new Bristol neighbourhood with a community focus at its heart, so sponsoring the Harbour Festival, one of the city's most hotly anticipated summer events, and hosting its Jazz Quarter seemed like an ideal opportunity for us. It's a perfect way to engage with Bristolians – as well as new visitors to this wonderful city!"

July 7, 2015Members of the choir with Bahhbersheep

Launch event welcomes Shaun sculpture to Wapping Wharf

Wapping Wharf's barbershop-themed 'Bahhbersheep' sculpture was given a musical welcome to its new home at Bristol's newest harbourside development.

Visitors have been flocking to Bristol for the Shaun in the City charity arts trail, where 70 Shaun the Sheep statues, individually created by artists, designers and celebrities, are appearing throughout the summer.

The arts event is raising funds for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity.

'Bahhbersheep' was created by Aardman artist Gavin Strange and has been turning heads with its clipped moustache, a chrome and textured spray painted body and hand painted lettering.

The sculpture has taken up residence in a specially designed sheep pen at Bristol's new quarter next to the historic floating harbour.

A launch event on July 6 saw award-winning ladies' barbershop chorus, Bristol Fashion, serenading passers-by.

They are set to appear again between 5- 6.30pm on Friday, July 17, Friday, July 31, Friday, August 14 and Friday, August 28.

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: "We are honoured to welcome 'Bahhbersheep' to the Wapping Wharf site and want to celebrate his appearance with some quirky and fun entertainment that will help raise money for this fantastic cause. It's a perfect way to introduce Bristolians to this new area as it begins to come to life."

June 2, 2015Computer generated image of Museum Square

Flurry of interest in new apartment release at Wapping Wharf

The news that more two-bedroom apartments have been released at Bristol's Wapping Wharf has been greeted with a flurry of interest from potential buyers, keen to snap up a home in the city's newest waterside quarter.

A collection of two-bedroom apartments, including penthouses offering views of Bristol and beyond, are now available and form part of a vibrant, new quarter that is being created beside the city's famous and historic floating harbour.

Positioned at the heart of Bristol's cultural and leisure hub, many residents in Wapping Wharf's apartments will be able to look out over the historic harbour from the comfort of their own homes, some across the landmarks of Bristol and others glimpsing the rolling Mendip Hills beyond.

Early releases of the apartments have proved very popular with owner occupiers and three quarters have been bought by buyers in Bristol and the South West, providing a strong base to build a thriving local community.

Many people are also taking advantage of the popular Help to Buy scheme available at Wapping Wharf which helps people get onto the housing ladder or move up it. With a Help to Buy equity loan the Government lends up to 20% of the cost of a new-build home, so buyers only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. They won't be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning their home and more information is available at http://www.helptobuy.org.uk.

The homes are available to purchase now, and it is anticipated they will be ready for their first residents from summer 2015. This phase of development includes 168 apartments, with prices starting from £295,000 for a two bedroom apartment and from £415,000 for a two bedroom penthouse (price correct at time of publication).

Wapping Wharf is being developed by Umberslade in a joint venture with Muse Developments.

To view the Show Home or to find out more, prospective buyers should visit the development's Marketing Suite which is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, or visit www.wappingwharfliving.co.uk

March 29, 2015Members of the youth crew on board Wapping Wharf. Picture copyright Jon Craig.

Wapping Wharf boat to support youth crews

The Bristol Gig Club has celebrated the launch the newest member of its fleet, the pilot gig boat Wapping Wharf.

The vessel was bought for the team by Umberslade, the developers behind Bristol's latest harbourside development, Wapping Wharf.

It will help provide more support for the club's growing youth crews and improve its year round training schedule, as training has previously suffered due to limited resource when the race boats are in for maintenance.

Wapping Wharf launched at the annual Bristol Gig Regatta on Saturday 28 March. The event included a series of sprint races along Bristol's historic harbourside as Bristol played host to rowing crews from all over the South West.

Stuart Hatton, director of Umberslade, decided to support the club after trying his hand at rowing with the team last summer.

He said: "Last summer I was really taken aback by the enthusiasm of the team and the unique community atmosphere around the harbour, both on and off the water.

"With Wapping Wharf our intention is to complement the south side of the floating harbour, by creating a unique community focussed development with localism and independence at its heart –supporting the club and taking Wapping Wharf to the water has given us an opportunity to further highlight this intention."

Matt Randall, chairman of Bristol Gig Club, said: "We're extremely grateful for the help given to us by Wapping Wharf. Their donation of a training gig with all the necessary equipment will benefit the club enormously.

"It is great to be working with a local developer who shows they care and supports a local club - their involvement is a testament to their commitment to the local area."

March 27, 2015View towards city from Wapping Wharf's penthouses

Waterfront penthouses offer incredible views of city and beyond

A collection of waterfront penthouses have been released to market, offering outstanding views of the city and beyond.

The first six two bedroom penthouse apartments at Wapping Wharf, Bristol's latest harbourside development, are now available to potential buyers and more are expected to be released over the coming months.

From the fifth floor homes, south-facing apartments offer incredible views of the Cumberland Basin and rolling Mendip Hills beyond, while north-facing apartments look right out onto the harbourside, with views across the city from the Clifton Suspension Bridge on the left, Cabot Tower and the Wills Memorial to St Mary Redcliffe on the right.

The apartments are finished to a high standard, including a contemporary styled high-gloss kitchen designed by Lanzat with a Silestone worktop and built-in stainless steel appliances including a Bosch oven, a microwave, integrated fridge/freezer and ceramic hob as standard.

The bathrooms are designed in a contemporary style and are fitted with several high quality Porcelanosa fittings. All two bedroom apartments include an en-suite fitted to an equally high standard.

The apartments include engineered oak flooring to kitchen, living room and hallway, with neutral colour carpets in bedrooms. The master bedrooms also include fitted wardrobes. Most penthouse apartments have an outdoor terrace accessed via the living areas.

Wapping Wharf Living offers residents the chance to live in wharf-style buildings in the heart of Bristol's thriving city centre. Once complete the development is expected to include restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques carefully selected to enhance the experience of harbourside living.

The homes are available to purchase now, and it is anticipated they will be ready for their first residents from summer 2015. This phase of development includes 168 apartments; with prices starting from £315,000 for a two bedroom apartment and from £415,000 for a two bedroom penthouse (price correct at time of publication) and will also include 26 affordable homes.

To see the plans or to find out more, prospective buyers should visit the development's Marketing Suite at the Mud Dock Deli which is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, or visit www.wappingwharfliving.co.uk.

November 3, 2014

Wapping Wharf offers first time buyers chance to get on the property ladder

Properties at Wapping Wharf, Bristol's latest harbourside development, have joined the government's Help to Buy scheme, making them more affordable to first time buyers.

The scheme allows people to buy a new home with a minimum 5% deposit, with the remaining 20% deposit paid for by the government through a five year interest free equity loan (after that the interest will be 1.75%, rising annually by the increase (if any) in the Retail Price Index plus 1%). Purchasers then need to secure up to a 75% mortgage from a bank or building society.

At Wapping Wharf, one bedroom apartments start at just £183,950 (price correct at time of publication), and a property of that value would only require a deposit of just over £9,000 (£9,197.50) through the help to Buy scheme.

October 22, 2014Show apartment living room

Show apartment launch offers glimpse of luxury living at Wapping Wharf

A new show apartment at Wapping Wharf, Bristol's latest harbourside development has opened to the public.

The opening weekend saw more than 60 people come through the doors of the marketing suite to experience a complete furnished apartment within the new development for the first time.

The show apartment has been designed by Amplus Interiors to reflect the harbourside history of Bristol, taking inspiration from sailing, timber and port holes and using accents in burnt orange and chrome to give it a contemporary, edgy feel.

David Caught, sales & marketing residential director, Muse Developments, the joint venture partner for Wapping Wharf, commented:

"We have been delighted with the level of interest since the launch, especially as up until now we have only been able to show potential plans for the apartments. The first visitors to the show apartment have been extremely impressed by the style and quality which helps to give people a real feel for what life will be like at Wapping Wharf."

The apartments are finished to an extremely high standard, including a contemporary styled high-gloss kitchen designed by Lanzat with a Silestone worktop and built in stainless steel appliances including a Bosch multi-function oven, a microwave, integrated fridge/freezer and ceramic hob as standard.

The bathrooms are fitted with Ideal Standard WCs, a white bath with fixed and adjustable shower heads, and high quality Porcelanosa fittings throughout. All 2 bedroom apartments include an en-suite shower room fitted to an equally high standard.

The apartments include engineered oak flooring to kitchen, living room and hallway, with neutral colour carpets in bedrooms. The master bedrooms also include spacious fitted wardrobes.

September 25, 2014

Wapping Wharf to develop vibrant new indie retail community in the heart of Bristol

Wapping Wharf looks set to become Bristol’s first waterside independent retail destination, after the first launch of retail units received a warm response from local and regional independent businesses.

The first phase of the development includes the launch of nine retail units which will be positioned along the new pedestrian route joining Gaol Ferry Bridge to Museum Square and M Shed, opening spring 2015.

The majority of the interest has come from local businesses hoping to set up new shops, cafes, restaurants and delicatessens to cater for the new residents of Wapping Wharf and through traffic from Bedminster to the City Centre.

The developers hope to recreate the independent feel of other areas of Bristol such as North street and Glouster Road, by selecting retail tenants that will give the area a unique Bristol identity.

Stuart Hatton, director, Umberslade, developers of Wapping Wharf, says:

“We want to create something new and unique at Wapping Wharf, a community focused development with localism and independence at its heart.”

JLL is expecting to have secured the first tenants by Christmas, so are still encouraging prospective tenants to come forward.

July 15, 2014One of the willow creations that could be in the Hidden Gardens.

Hidden Gardens of Wapping Wharf to add beauty and intrigue to Bristol Harbour Festival

The Bristol Harbour Festival is expanding this year to include a hidden garden in Wapping Wharf, the city’s latest harbourside development.

The hidden garden will be situated at the JS Fry’s Warehouse (formerly part of the Old Gaol) and is being developed by the organisers of Brisfest.

The Hidden Gardens of Wapping Wharf will be a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the Harbour Festival, with a permaculture garden at its heart, complete with a water feature, willow sculptures and a variety of ‘hidden animals’.

The brightly coloured garden will be dressed with lanterns, bunting, trees and plants and the stage will be surrounded by theatre style seating, to give visitors space to relax in the area and enjoy the entertainment which will be a range of semi-acoustic acts, talks, stand-up comedy and cabaret performances from local acts

A workshop space will offer people the chance to try their hand at theatre, circus skills, storytelling and dance and the garden will feature fancy dress walkabouts and street theatre performers to keep the crowds entertained.

The area will also include a bar and a range of independent food and retail traders including a free shop where people can donate an item of clothing in exchange for something new.

Up-and-coming Bristol musician Gaz Brookfield will headline on the Sunday night, whilst the stand-up comedy will be compered by local favourite Mark Olver. There will be performances from the 1940’s style musical comedy group The Goodnight Sweethearts, the Paddleboat Theatre Company, who will do a nautical themed show, acrobatic performances plus storytelling from Have a Word.

The Hidden Gardens of Wapping Wharf will be built using discarded materials and clean, green technologies and renewable energy.

Poppy Stephenson, Director of Brisfest, said: “The Hidden Gardens of Wapping Wharf will create a calm oasis in the heart of Bristol’s biggest festival. Visitors will be able to relax in the space and listen to beautiful acoustic music, family friendly comedy and performances from some top local acts.

July 2, 2014

Bristol’s newest waterside apartments get off to a ‘Wapping’ start

Bristol’s latest waterside development, Wapping Wharf got off to a great start this week as half of the first release of one and two bedroom apartments were reserved within just ten days, after more than 900 people registered their interest in the new development.

The new homes will reflect Bristol’s Harbourside history, combining aesthetics with innovative architectural features and will have sustainability at the heart, meaning the development will be gentler on the environment and lighter on the wallet with cheaper bills.

The interiors will feature contemporary styled high-gloss kitchens designed by Lanzet, built-in appliances, energy efficient lighting and engineered oak flooring in the kitchen, living room and hallway with carpet in the bedrooms.

Situated in the city’s cultural hub, the homes are anticipated to be ready for their first residents from early 2015.

David Caught, residential sales & marketing director, Muse Developments, the joint venture partner for Wapping Wharf, commented: “The launch to market has been a great success and we’re delighted to see the enthusiasm for the development, particularly from the local community.

Wapping Wharf offers residents the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community, with access to all that Bristol has to offer. We hope to stand out from the competition by reflecting the proudly independent nature of Bristol’s retail environment, as the development is expected to include restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques carefully selected to enhance the experience of living here.”

They will have some of Bristol’s best-loved sites on their doorstep, including Brunel’s historic SS Great Britain, the Watershed, Arnolfini and Spike Island, as well as being an easy stroll from some of the best waterside restaurants and bars Bristol has to offer. The onsite retail space is being aimed at independently run, Bristol-based cafes, bars, boutiques and businesses to transform the area into a dynamic city-centre community.

June 10, 2014

Bristol’s newest waterside apartment plans now open for viewing

The long-awaited plans for Wapping Wharf’s new apartments are now ready for viewing, offering Bristolian’s the chance to live in wharf-style buildings in the heart of Bristol’s thriving city centre.

The 194 new homes will reflect Bristol’s harbourside history, combining aesthetics with innovative architectural features. The buildings will have a gritty dockside character, using materials such as timber shiplap, brickwork, render and old cobblestones salvaged from the building site.  The designs will feature pitched roofs mirroring the shape of the wharf buildings that traditionally lined the docks.

Another exciting feature is the sustainability of the development; with special photo voltaic panels fitted to provide electricity to common areas of the development. A central plant room will be operated, meaning hot water and heating are centrally generated, designed to be gentler on the environment and lighter on the wallet with cheaper bills.

The interiors will feature contemporary styled high-gloss kitchens designed by Lanzet, built in Bosch appliances, energy efficient lighting and engineered oak flooring in the kitchen, living room and hallway with carpet in the bedrooms.

There will also be landscaping, offering respite from the city and opportunities for public art commissions – dotted amongst the industrial style buildings will be green spaces, courtyards and seated areas.

Stuart Hatton, director, Umberslade, developers of Wapping Wharf said, ‘These homes will combine state of the art city living with the heritage of Bristol’s historic harbourside.”

The new homes are ready to be purchased off-plan now, and will be ready for their first residents in early 2015 and the new marketing suite at Mud Dock Deli will be open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week from Saturday 14 June 2014.

 

May 13, 2014

Work on new public square for Bristol’s M Shed completes

A new landscaped public square on Bristol’s waterfront is now complete. Museum Square has been redeveloped as part of the Wapping Wharf scheme and has today been handed over to M Shed to be used as an outdoor public event and exhibition space.

The works have included resurfacing the square, installing power points, water, new lighting and public seating. The design of the new square also features a map of Bristol’s waterways and has been developed by the Wapping Wharf team as part of a package of community benefits.

The completion of the new square coincides with the launch of M Shed’s latest summer exhibition – Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board which opens on 24 May. Plans are already afoot to use the square during the summer months as a community space for museum and city wide events. On Father’s Day M Shed will host a special Grand Day Out for Dad, which will offer Dads the opportunity to drive M Shed’s steam engine and control the cranes along the Harbour.

Essential landscaping works have also been carried out on Museum Street, the road that runs behind the M Shed, and a new pedestrian pathway and cycle lane has been created.

Further works on the street will continue in order to realign the roadway to the rear of the Stevedore and Guinness Building before it re-joins the harbourside. These works will make Museum Square traffic free and also provide a cycle route away from the harbour’s edge.

The Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson said: “Bristol's Harbourside has become the city's greatest attraction since its rescue from a fate worse than death in the 70’s. The redevelopment of Museum Square, alongside the rescued dockside cranes will greatly enhance its use, creating a new venue for events and exhibitions, and extending M Shed’s presence on the quayside. “

February 3, 2014

New CGI images reveal look and feel of Wapping Wharf - the last major development for Bristol’s Harbourside

CGI images of Bristol’s exciting new harbourside development Wapping Wharf have been revealed this week, to coincide with a visit by Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West.

Stephen Williams MP was shown around the site where foundations have now been completed and work has commenced on the superstructure that will become the first of two apartment buildings, comprised of one and two bedroom apartments and penthouses.

The CGI images illustrate what the finished apartments, offices, shops, restaurants and public square will look like upon completion. The latest images bring to life the building work, which has been ongoing since 2012, and depict the exciting new changes that will bring a new lease of life to Bristol’s historical harbourside.

Stephen Williams said: “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.”

October 4, 2013

Major Harbourside redevelopment project gets underway

Mayor George Ferguson has marked the start of work on a major redevelopment scheme in Bristol with a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony today.

The final piece of the jigsaw to regenerate Bristol’s iconic Harbourside gets underway this week at Wapping Wharf, one of the most significant schemes the city has seen in recent years. Ferguson’s ‘ground breaking’ signifies the start of building work that will bring the development to life.

The area will maintain the positive progress of the regeneration of Bristol’s harbourside and bring in new trade and interest to the city. The scheme will 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.

George Ferguson, said: “Development at Wapping Wharf is another sure sign that confidence has returned to the Bristol property market.”

Preparatory work on Wapping Wharf started late last year, following a £12 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), through its Get Britain Building programme.

March 26, 2013

Start of work signals resurgence of Bristol’s residential market

Over the last few days large machinery has moved onto the Wapping Wharf site to start 10 weeks of work to clear the dirt and level the site in preparation for the first two residential buildings;  Block A and C and the new pedestrian walkway, Gaol Ferry Steps.

Work on Wapping Wharf started late last year, following a £12 million investment from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), the largest single award in the UK made under the Get Britain Building scheme.

This will be the first new residential development in the city centre to get underway in 2013 signalling the resurgence of Bristol’s residential market.

While site enabling work gets underway, the team behind the scheme, developers Umberslade and Bristol-based architects Alec French, will be finalising details with the aim of finding contractors by the end of the month. A successful bidder will be appointed by the end of June, so work on the main building contract can kick-start this summer.

Work has been progressing on site since December when the team discovered the remains of several buildings associated with shipbuilding from the 17th century through to the last quarter of the 19th century.

Historic map evidence, contemporary illustrations and other documentation points to the presence of a rope walk, timber yards and other associated buildings, some of which are thought to have even been homes. Evidence also suggested a graving dock where ships were repaired was located nearby, now beneath the east-end of the M-Shed, where Brunel’s first steam ship, the SS Great Western was built and launched in 1837.

December 7, 2012What the site will look like on completion

Work at major regeneration site kick starts with an archaeological excavation

An archaeological investigation is underway at Bristol’s new harbourside regeneration site, Wapping Warf. Remains of eighteenth and nineteenth century industrial buildings which are known to include a timber yard and a ropewalk associated with Bristol’s role as a port are thought to be under the site.

A team of seven archaeologists will be based on the site until mid February 2013 when works are expected to complete.

Developers Umberslade have appointed Bristol-based BaRAS who are currently preparing the land ahead of the main archaeological excavation which is due to start next week.

The excavation will kick start work on the first phase of new homes, shops, cafes and public spaces situated at the western end of the site between the floating harbour and Avon New Cut.

The timber yards that are thought to be under the site were used for storing and onward transport of imported timber whilst the ropewalk was used for laying out and twisting lengths of rope which were made for and supplied to the visiting ships.

The scheme will retain and restore several key listed buildings and the old jail gates to enhance the City Docks conservation area while new public spaces and routes to the waterfront will also be created.

John Bryant, from BaRAS commented: “This is quite unique as it’s a large site with recent history to uncover that is central to a key part of the city’s history.”