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Avon Street | Bristol

A new student quarter

St Phillip’s Marsh in east Bristol is a remarkable industrial landscape that evolved to serve the Great Western Railway. It has remained cut off from Bristol City Centre, despite its proximity, because of train lines and railway arches, criss-crossing with waterways. The result is a well-placed, but relatively inaccessible area, with traditionally low sprawling buildings.

The area of now being redeveloped as a mixed use quarter with housing, student accommodation and work spaces, set against a backdrop of the Floating Harbour and Bristol Temple Meads. Our visual assessment (TVIA) of a series of student blocks graduated around a courtyard was used as design a tool to ensure that no part of the buildings could be seen above the iconic main view of the station’s tower and curved roof.

Architects: Chapman Taylor

Key features

  • Industrial enclave is reimagined
  • Importance of iconic station is preserved
  • Management of complex verified views
  • Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment

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