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Chapman Taylor gets OK for new tallest building in Bristol


A 26-storey residential tower designed by Chapman Taylor, which is destined to become Bristol’s tallest building, has been approved by councillors

Bristol City Council’s development control committee gave the go-ahead to the tower, part of the wider 375-home Castle Park View scheme, on the site of the former Central Ambulance Station in Mary Bush Lane late last year.

Chapman Taylor – which has studios in Bristol as well as London, Manchester and across Europe, the Middle East and Asia – designed the 29,000m² scheme for developer Linkcity.

The project will also include a 10-storey block and another building fronting on to Castle View Park. Along with 300 private rented homes, the scheme will include 75 affordable houses.

Chapman Taylor said the ‘strong built form’ of the northern boundary of the project would be reminiscent of the old castle wall that once stood on the site.

‘The scheme takes advantage of the site’s proximity to the city centre and nearby floating harbour to create a landscaped and desirable place to live within Bristol,’ added the practice in a statement. ‘The new complex, which transforms a vacant area of the city centre, will bring social and economic benefits to the city.’

Project data

Location Castle Park, Bristol
Type of project Build for Rent Housing and Affordable Housing
Client Linkcity and Bouygues UK
Architect Chapman Taylor Architects
Landscape architect Novell Tullett
Planning consultant Savills
Structural engineer ARUP
M&E consultant Hydrock
Quantity surveyor Currie and Brown
Planning supervisor N/A
Lighting consultant N/A
Main contractor Bouygues UK
Tender date Stage 3 Tender information early 2018
Start on site date Q2 2018 (May/June)
Completion date Approx 3 year build program ( Q2 2021 )
Gross internal floor area Approx. 29,000m²
Total cost TBC


Readers' comments (3)

  • Chapman Taylor should have said the ‘strong built form’ of the northern boundary of the project would be reminiscent of the 1970s architecture around Lewins Mead and Rupert Street as it sure as hell has little to do with a medieval castle.

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  • Geoff Williams

    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.

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  • Phil Parker

    Is it better than building on green land ? Probably yes.

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