Work has begun on what could become South Bristol’s tallest building

Work has finally begun on what could be the tallest building in South Bristol when it’s finished – the 16-storey block of flats in Bedminster on Malago Road. Developers Dandara have now begun constructing the ground and first floors of a series of tower blocks at Little Paradise, which form part of the Bedminster Green regeneration project.

The building will be 16 storeys high and will dwarf some of the other tower blocks in the area. The only other tower block currently being built that could match its height is the Boat Yard development on the Bath Road in Totterdown, which is 17 storeys high from the lower bank of the River Avon, and 15 storeys from ground level at the road itself.

The site at Little Paradise will see 295 ‘build-to-rent’ flats constructed in a series of tower blocks dropping back from the 16-storeys fronting Malago Road, with 21 affordable homes built on a separate site, the former disabled car park between the Little Paradise site and East Street.

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The Little Paradise site is known as ‘Plot 2’ in the five-plot Bedminster Green regeneration scheme. Of those five, the Little Paradise site is the second site where work has now begun on construction.

The first site where work began was Plot 3, where the first foundations were laid almost a year ago. Since then, work has progressed with developers Watkin Jones already constructing five of up to nine storeys that will house purpose-built student accommodation for 819 students on Dalby Avenue.

Of the other three sites, one for a block of 180 flats next to Little Paradise at St Catherine’s Place is still in limbo with planning permission granted, but no work yet starting on the new homes and the refurbishment of the next door St Catherine’s Place shopping centre.

Work progressing at Plot 3 of the Bedminster Green regeneration scheme - Watkin Jones' development of a 819-room student accommodation complex, on Friday, January 13, 2023
Work progressing at Plot 3 of the Bedminster Green regeneration scheme – Watkin Jones’ development of a 819-room student accommodation complex, on Friday, January 13, 2023
(Image: Bristol Live)

City council planners are expected to sit down to decide the fate of an application to build 339 new homes across the road from Little Paradise on plots around Bedminster Green itself, including the Hereford Street car park and some of the industrial units at the entrance to Whitehouse Lane. And the final site to be developed looks set to be one further down Malago Road, where Watkin Jones have this week applied for planning permission to create purpose-built student accommodation for 432 students on the former Pring and St Hill site.

Meanwhile, work to install the Bedminster District Heat Network that will run along Malago Road, connecting the new developments with the Bristol heat network in the city centre, continues. It is a year since the A38 Malago Road was closed to northbound traffic, and the council has estimated that it will be closed for another 18 months, only fully reopening in the summer of 2024.

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