Following last week’s Planning Committee Meeting at Bristol City Council, POD Architects are thrilled to announce that the proposal for a new residential development of 221 affordable homes and associated public realm at York Gate, Bristol has now been given the Green Light for Approval.
The proposed development will regenerate a brownfield site that is earmarked for residential development in the new Mead Street Quarter. This proposed development is a highly sustainable scheme given its close proximity to Temple Meads Train Station and a walkable distance to the city centre and local parks. Through close collaboration with the full design team and the client, Donard Living, the submitted scheme comprises of a new residential building with a mixture of 221 homes varying from 1-bed to 3-bed apartments with 66% of those set for affordable housing. The design approach has been carefully considered to make the best use of the site, whilst acknowledging the future aspirations of the area.
The proposed scheme will incorporate a series of landmark 6-10 storey buildings, comprised of quality affordable homes, with active cafes/start-up offices and a new active pedestrian street that engages with the surrounding context. It is intended that these proposals will act as an enabling site and catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Mead Street area from an underutilised industrial area of the city centre, into a new residential-led mixed-use quarter.
POD Architects have made every effort and considered all measures to deliver a proposal of high architectural merit whilst also responding to difficult inflating market conditions, this is a highly innovative scheme that breaks the mould of affordable housing in the centre of Bristol.
Materiality has been inspired by the site’s yesteryears and its surrounding environment from the historic industrial train sheds to the bustling residential communities that once lived here. Bricks in shades of red have been chosen as the primary materiality whilst stone banding has been used to tie this into the surrounding fabric. Brick facades establish the legibility of the buildings as being residential and create a sense of robustness for its inhabitants whilst referencing Bristol’s historic warehouse aesthetic in this waterfront location.
The planning process has included 3 pre-application meetings; numerous design meetings with the local Planning Department; and Public Consultation events. This process has helped to formulate a development brief for the Mead Street area and has shaped this parcel of land into a high-quality scheme that excels in space standards and energy efficiency.