Canon’s Marsh/Harbourside



Bristol Harbourside is a 7ha mixed-use development in central Bristol, to the west of the city centre. The site’s masterplan included 664 dwellings, up to 34,500 sqm of office space and a 21,000 sqm leisure development. The development was led by developers Crest Nicholson, with the masterplan completed by Edward Cullinan Architects and was delivered over 14 years, between 2001 and 2015. Prior to the approval of the Harbourside development, three phases of development took place in Canon’s Marsh adjacent to the site included in this research. The transit sheds to the north east of the site were converted into the Watershed media centre in 1982, Lloyds Bank built their headquarters in the late 1980s and ‘Millennium funding’ was used to develop Millennium Square, @Bristol and an IMAX cinema (now the Aquarium) in the late 1990s.

Image: Canon’s Marsh

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Research Area, Canon's Marsh/Harbourside

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The IMAX cinema and Wildwalk have now been converted into an aquarium.

Millennium Square provided the ‘public good’ before the housing development was given planning permission.

The Arts Council funded car park sits below Millennium Square.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ buildings on either side allow the views of the cathedral to be maintained from the harbour.

The green area on Harbourside is one of the ‘planning gains’ from the regeneration.

The harbour inlet, with the two buildings completed by Linden Homes to the west of the Millennium Promenade.

Millennium Promenade provides views of the SS Great Britain from Millennium Square.

View of the cathedral maintained through the building design.

The 1989 Lloyds Bank building that was meant to ‘kick-start’ regeneration on Harbourside.