Masterplan and outline planning application for a residential scheme of over 100 homes on the site of a former 19th Century laundry and dye works in the heart of Bristol.

Producing a design that delivered the required housing density or 69 houses per hectare, whilst keeping building heights low-rise and in-keeping with the surrounding neighbourhood, posed a significant design challenge. External private space for the residents had to be balanced with parking, in an area where residential parking provision was already a strain on surrounding streets.

Ferguson Mann Architects adopted the best placemaking principles to carefully consider the surrounding context of the site. It was important for the new masterplan to feel seamlessly integrated with the surrounding urban grain and that the site should embrace the previously ignored Mina Road Park. Narrow frontages and non-standard housing typologies were developed to overcome the density challenges meaning that site could be host up to 100 new homes. By developing a mix of parking solutions within the site, including; on street parking, garages, undercroft and parking courts, we were able to provide parking spaces for every home as well as offering new landscaped public spaces and playing out areas all encouraging the potential for richer community interaction. In addition, the scheme includes sustainable pedestrian and cycle routes integrating those existing within the surrounding area.

In support of the masterplan, Ferguson Mann Architects’ conservation team prepared an extensive Heritage Significance Appraisal of the existing industrial site, assessing its significance within the regional and national context.

A Flood Risk Assessment was commissioned with consultants Arcadis to identify mitigation measures necessary to meet new and emerging Climate Change standards as part of the wider Bristol City Flood model developed by Bristol City Council.

The scheme achieved detailed planning approval in August 2018 with construction proposed to commence in 2019.