About the project

Site area plan - click on the image to enlarge

Working with the local community and drawing on its distinctive character and history this project will create a visionary plan for East Street in Bedminster. This initiative builds on work completed with the community in summer 2019 (which can be downloaded here) and will consider how East Street should look and feel to make it a more attractive destination for shopping and socialising.

The focus of the project is the section of East Street with restricted vehicle access running between Cannon Street and Dalby Avenue. It will also consider how to integrate with neighbouring areas so it can become better connected including walking routes to proposed new developments to the south of East Street.

Who is behind this project?
The project is funded by multiple partners including Bedminster BID, Bristol City Council, Deeleyfreed, Firmstone Consortia, Dandara and O2 Dominion. The project is being coordinated by Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID).

Who is working on this project?
The BID has commissioned a multidisciplinary team led by McGregor Coxall, who bring award winning experience in successful high street regeneration schemes. The team includes Alec French Architects, a well established, award-winning, Architectural Practice who will assist in developing an architectural strategy for the high street buildings.

Also, Streets Reimagined, a locally based urban design practice bringing a people-centred approach to the creative process of reimagining streets and urban spaces. Streets Reimagined will be focussed on enabling the community to get involved and shape the design process.

Also on the team are Phil Jones Associates who are a transport agency who prioritise designing places for people and not just infrastructure. They will drive the sustainable transport approach with a particular focus on the one-way section of East Street between its junctions with Cannon Street and Dalby Avenue. Completing the team are Ginkgo, an independent public art and cultural producer. Gingko will focus on the cultural interests of the project so that they can be nurtured and made visible within the streetscape.

What happens now?
The study will be carried out in two stages;
STAGE 1 - RESEARCH & ANALYSIS to The aim is to understand East Street as a place by reviewing previous work , analysis, community research and engagement. We will be reaching out to local community groups, traders etc. to learn more about East Street. This will include 1-2-1 discussions, observational analysis of the street and themed online surveys and an interactive pin-drop map.
STAGE 2 - CONCEPT DESIGN to Drawing on what we have learned the team will develop a strategic concept plan to visualise a spatial vision for the street including options around different approaches to movement and the layout of the street. The community will be invited to feedback and shape the proposals in an interactive way.

The project is being coordinated by Bedminster BID with support from Bristol City Council, Deeleyfreed, Firmstone Consortia, Dandara and A2 Dominion. The delivery team is led by McGregor Coxall alongside Alec French Architects, Phil Jones Associates, Gingko Projects and Streets Reimagined.

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