The Cumberland Basin sits at the fork between the River Avon and Bristol Floating Harbour. The western peninsula of Spike Island sits within walking distance of Bristol’s affluent neighbourhoods of Clifton and Hotwells, home to Georgian houses, universities and high -quality lifestyle retail offerings.
The harbour area has been blighted since the 1950’s when extensive grade separated road infrastructure was constructed to provide alternative access to the city for motorists from south of the city. With new transportation objectives for city, the Mayor has seized the opportunity to consider alternative land use options for the area.
Our master plan vision for this vital part of the city of Bristol seeks to utilise the fantastic location by introducing a mix of uses for the community and tourists set around public parks, urban plazas riverside walks and shared surface streets. The re-instatement of the disused railway line could provide easy access by metro into the centre of Bristol for residents.
This master plan has not been endorsed by the City Council and remains a purely visionary proposal for a prime waterside site that will be undergoing pressure for redevelopment as the city grows. We hope to ensure any new proposals are developed for the benefit of the people of Bristol, improve transportation links and are a positive enrichment to the area and its surrounding residents.