Images revealed for development of hotel, offices and restaurants

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Developers have released artist impressions of plans for a hotel, offices and restaurants at Millennium Square.

Railpen and Bell Hammer are asking the public to submit feedback by July 19 on their proposals for a six-storey hotel and seven-storey office block.

The hotel would have 126 rooms, down from the 151 initially proposed when the plans were unveiled in May.

The scheme also includes three ground-floor “food and beverage” units to extend the colonnade of bars and restaurants offering views across the water.

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The site of the Waterfront Place development

It would be built on the 0.33-hectare plot between the Lloyds Amphitheatre and Millennium Square.

The site was set to become home to a centre for performance arts back in 1996, but the plans were scrapped due to a withdrawal of funding.

Bristol City Council, which owns the land, marketed it again in 2017. It accepted the lease bid from Railpen and Bell Hammer ahead of 22 others.

The developers describe the land as a “roughly rectangular plaza” and a “smaller spur to the north-west currently used as part of a service yard”.

They say they have been careful to “safeguard and enhance key views,” adding “cathedral views are acknowledged as being very important”.

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An artist’s impression of the Waterfront Place development

The development’s website says Waterfront Place is the only site in the area which has remained empty despite regeneration of the docks in recent years.

It lists Watershed, Bordeaux Quay, WeTheCurious, Bristol Lab and the Arnolfini as buildings which have helped reinvent the area.

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An artist’s impression of the Waterfront Place development

In their plans, the developers say: “The buildings’ designs will seek to pay regard to the area’s industrial heritage and Harbourside character, whilst also being a scheme with its own identity.

“The aim has been to design buildings that distinguishes themselves from the surrounding area in terms of scale, massing, and materials whilst positively contributing to the attractiveness and prominence of Bristol Harbour and the Conservation Area.”

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They argue the scheme can “rightfully provide a central building of Bristol, not just as part of the dockside at a location to where ships from around the world have travelled, but to express the contemporary strength of the place, combining work and leisure, in this location at the heart of the modern city”.

Railpen and Bell Hammer want to “finally build the last piece of the development parcel of the Canon’s Marsh”.

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An artist’s impression of the Waterfront Place development

A formal planning application is yet to be put forward. The developers have submitted an application to the council to determine if an environmental impact assessment will be needed.

You can submit your comments online here.

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