Wapping Wharf, Bristol

By Landmarket Team on the

Wapping Wharf is a large scale development taking place in Bristol’s harbourside. The location will consist of homes, retail units and office space and aims to form a link between the residential communities of south Bristol and the city center.

Wapping Wharf is located south of the river, behind the M Shed Museum, an area which is undergoing a transformation thanks to this and other developments happening in the area, extending the reach of Bristol’s historically harbourside. Developed on derelict land, Whapping Warf has drawn on inspiration from thriving areas in other cities such as the Lanes in Brighton and the Castlefield area in Manchester. With a number of retail units available, Whapping Wharf is looking to attract local independent retailers, cafés, delicatessens and restaurants to create a vibrant new waterside quarter.

Along with a new community of up to 625 new homes, a large boutique hotel will make Whapping Wharf a perfect location for visitors to the city, being close to popular tourist attractions including the SS Great Britain, At-Bristol and The Arnofinni.

Stuart Hatton, director of Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) Ltd, which owns and is developing the site says: “Our intention is to create a lively waterside community at Wapping Wharf. We’ve worked hard to retain the gritty industrial nature of the existing dock edge and are planning to retain and restore many of the key listed buildings, and incorporate the historic gaol gates and walls into the architecture.”

As well as the Wapping Wharf development, a second large development is taking place a stone’s through away at Bathurst Basin. The General Hospital development is a renovation of a Grade II Listed former hospital building, which will also include a number of luxury apartments along with retail units. Michelin-starred Casamia restuarant will be taking up residence at the location when they make a permant move from their current restaurant in Westbury-on-Trim.

Both developments include outside space in their plans, with Wapping Wharf featuring a new public landscaped square which will be an external exhibition space for the M Shed. There will be a new tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route which runs past the restaurants and shops, linking Gaol Ferry Bridge through to the waterfront. The regeneration of this area will serve to form a link between central Bristol and the popular residential areas of Bedminster and Southville south of the river. It’s exciting to see developments taking place in an unused area of this vibrant city and we look forward to seeing how theses projects take shape.