A strong community focus is at the heart of Wapping Wharf’s ethos.
The vision is to ensure a sense of community is fostered among the residents, retailers and nearby neighbourhoods and that it is truly integrated into Bristol.
Community benefits that are part of the Wapping Wharf scheme include: £1.5 million for M Shed, the museum of Bristol; the redevelopment of Museum Square, a public events space by the waterfront; the extension of Museum Street and newly commissioned public art throughout the development.
In addition, Wapping Wharf supports a range of important community and cultural initiatives in Bristol, including: Bristol 24/7's Better Bristol campaign; Bedminster Lantern Parade 2020 & 2022; The Grand Appeal's Shine Bright for Bristol Children's Hospital campaign 2021; Light up the Night 2021 (Bedminster) and 2019; SS Great Britain's Spectacular Summer 2019; Bristol Old Vic's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018; Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail; Luke Jerram's Play Me, I'm Yours street pianos project; Bristol 24/7's young chefs programme; a new boat for Bristol Gig Club; Bristol’s Shaun in the City charity arts trail; SS Great Britain’s ‘Being Brunel’ project; Bedminster Secret Gardens; South Bristol Arts Trail; Bristol Museums and Food Connections.
Wapping Wharf is also home to a Tap for Bristol donation point, located in the window of Better Food on Gaol Ferry Steps. The initiative raises money to support Bristol's homeless, specifically through crisis support and preventation work with Caring for Bristol and Bristol City Centre BID.
Stuart Hatton, managing director of Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, took part in 1625 Independent People's Sleep Out in Bristol in November 2019 to raise money for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The developer also sponsored the LandAid South West Dinner 2019 to raise money for Land Aid, the property industry charity that aims to end youth homelessness.