Apartment block near SS Great Britain latest in string of developments planned for Bristol harbourside

It’s the latest in a long line of developments kicking off in the harbourside area

Plans to build a seven-storey apartment block on a disused car park near the SS Great Britain have been revealed.

Bristol-based developers Acorn Property Group recently snapped up the site, at 129 Cumberland Road, including a heritage building known as The Georgian House which is currently rented office space.

The firm hope to build 28 apartments split into two blocks of flats, including six ‘affordable’ homes, as well restore and convert the basement of The Georgian House for further office space.

They will also redesign the existing car park, building on the surplus space, with 24 spaces that will have electric charging.

Developers say the homes will have balconies and that the ground floor will be set behind a stone wall which ‘echoes the character’ of the area.

They added they had considered views towards the site from important locations like the SS Great Britain, but that the building is tucked down behind McArthur’s Warehouse, where 147 apartments are also being built, and not easily visible from the harbourside.

A spokesperson for the developers said: “Our architect O’LearyGoss has carefully designed a building that reflects the rich dockside character without simply mimicking other buildings along Gas Ferry Road.

“Using varied heights, capped with pitch roofs helps continue that visually-rich skyline, but also creates interesting internal spaces for residents.

“Using a combination of ageless red brick, stone and zinc, this material palette adds a robustness typical of Harbourside buildings.”

A planning application is expected to be lodged in the new year.

You can have your say on the proposal, before December 15 when the consultation on the plans will end, here.