St Catherine’s Place is situated on a two-and-a-half-acre (one hectare) brownfield site in central Bedminster, a famous district of Bristol to the south of the River Avon.
It is next door to East Street, Bedminster’s main shopping and commercial hub, which is part of the Bedminster Conservation Area and has deep historic roots.
The site is approached either from East Street to the north, or from Dalby Avenue and Bedminster railway station to the south. The city centre and Bristol Temple Meads station are both around 20 minutes’ walk away.
St Catherine’s Place is part of Bedminster Green, a wider regeneration area that has been identified on the land surrounding and to the south of Malago Road in Bedminster. The area around Dalby Avenue is scarcely developed at present but has been identified by Bristol City Council as an area for creating new homes and for denser development.
St Catherine’s Place takes its name from St Catherine’s Hospital, which was founded by Robert de Berkeley in circa 1200 “for a master and several brethren who should tend the sick and infirm and the needy traveller”.
The hospital stood near to the current St Catherine’s Place site, at the junction of East Street and Bedminster Parade, next to Brightbow Bridge which crossed the Malago river. A plaque marking the site of the bridge can be found on the arcaded street front of the Asda supermarket next door.
Given its highly accessible location and connections with East Street and Bedminster, St Catherine’s Place is identified by Bristol Council as a key development site that can facilitate the comprehensive regeneration of this area.
Work is now complete on Catherine’s House, the first phase of this regeneration project, providing 54 quality new homes. Future phases will include residential, retail and leisure uses, transforming this part of Bedminster into a vibrant residential location.