If you want to find out more about our exciting project, please contact us as follows:

St Catherine’s Place

Post: Unit 10, St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4HG
Email: info@firmstonedevelopments.com

Residential sales

Ocean Land & New Homes
0117 9469832


Alder King
Charles Russell-Smith & Rebecca Harries 0117 317 1043
Gabriel McLaughlin 07920 292204

Media enquiries

Spirit Public Relations
0117 944 1415

Whilst very central and easy to get to, St Catherine’s Place is currently an underused part of Bedminster.

Our vision------------

Our vision is to see St Catherine’s Place reinvigorated as a thriving neighbourhood, with an exciting combination of new homes, leisure uses and great shops, right in the heart of south Bristol’s oldest and best-known community.

We plan to comprehensively redevelop the existing site to provide:

Around 350 new homes
Cafes, restaurants and shops
Attractive open public spaces and landscaping
Our development aims to connect the conservation area of East Street with Dalby Avenue, both at street level and by providing a well-designed transition between the buildings and in terms of the urban character.

“St Catherine’s Place has the potential to kick-start the transformation of this part of Bedminster and we’re keen to play an active role in the regeneration of the area.” Francis Firmstone, director, Firmstone Consortia One
REGENERATION ------------

St Catherine’s Place will play a key role in the regeneration of this part of Bedminster..

It has been identified by Bristol City Council (in its new Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Document) as an area for optimising development density including badly-needed new homes as well as the potential for taller buildings.
Footpaths will be widened, whilst car and cycle parking, as well as refuse, will be kept to the rear of the site, all making for a more welcoming environment for visitors and residents alike.

New ground-floor frontages – including cafes and restaurants – will all revitalise the existing shopping arcade, creating an attractive new frontage onto Dalby Avenue.

Landowners across Bedminster Green and Bristol City Council are working together to minimise traffic impact and flood risk across the area, and to ensure any new developments operate efficiently alongside the new Hengrove to North Fringe M1 MetroBus route.

Design approach------------

Our approach to the design of St Catherine’s Place is guided by our commitment to create::

A comprehensive mixed-use development to act as a key local regeneration catalyst for the area
An active street frontage that significantly improves the retail and leisure on offer for the local community in Bedminster
High quality public spaces that reinforce and enhance the character of the local area
A public route between Dalby Avenue with East Street, that improves the environment for residents and visitors
Buildings which are graduated in scale to take account of neighbouring properties and views both from the conservation area and beyond
High quality homes with good aspects and views

“We’re aiming to create a place with a real sense of character and a strong connection to the community that already exists in the area. It will be a busy, vibrant place to live with plenty of energy, and one that enhances Bedminster.” Leslie Jones Architecture

Our plans

Past, present and future

What's happened so far:

In 2014, planning permission was granted for the comprehensive redevelopment of St Catherine’s Place. The proposal, from a former landowner Urbis, involved the demolition of all the existing buildings on site and the creation of 186 homes, including a 17-storey residential tower, together with new retail premises.

In 2017, St Catherine’s Place was put on the market and bought by Firmstone Consortia One, which is led by local developer Firmstone Developments and are the current owners.

What's next?

We are converting this former office block, which has been vacant for many years, into one and two-bedroom apartments, which are due to be completed in late 2018 / early 2019.

Planning permission has been given to add two storeys on the top of the existing building, enabling us to create 54 new homes, which will be offered for sale and are aimed at the local market.

In March 2018, we produced new proposals for the comprehensive redevelopment of the remaining site, which we shared with the public.

This mixed-use scheme would create 232 new homes in a new stepped 21-storey tower and two separate secondary buildings of seven storeys and four storeys. On street level, the plans proposed a range of leisure uses new to the area, including cafes and workspace, contributing to the revitalisation of the existing arcade and regeneration of the wider East Street area.

A sequence of public spaces would be created, widening the footpaths and softening the edges to provide new routes through the development and improve the environment for residents and visitors.

The scheme takes account of the needs of proposed and existing neighbouring occupiers and aims to set an exemplary standard for Bristol in terms of its overall quality and sustainability.

We are now reviewing everyone’s comments and suggestions and our team of architects, planners, project managers and consultants are revising the various options. We hope to submit a planning application in late summer 2018.

For a copy of the consultation boards for St Catherine’s Place and a feedback form, please contact tom.sadler@gva.co.uk