Community is at the heart of the strategy for the development of Bristol Harbourside. The masterplan aimed to create a busy, bustling place where people live, work and relax – and which draws in tourists. The sequence of well designed, well connected public spaces encourages walking, jogging or simply sitting outside enjoying fine vistas of the city.
The Millennium Promenade – tree-lined and planted with wild flowers – will be an accessible green space to be enjoyed by Harbourside residents as well as the public. It leads down to Harbour Square around a new inlet to the harbour. Harbour Square is designed to accommodate a diverse range of activities, including art performances, markets, the Harbourside Festival and alfresco dining.
Intrinsic to the design of the public realm is an extensive public art programme, greatly adding to the attraction of Bristol Harbourside for residents and visitors alike.
The Promenade, for example, will tie together elements of architecture, art and landscape. Designed with urban artists Sans Façon and landscape architects Grant Associates, an intriguing scheme celebrates the passage of rainwater from the roofs of the buildings to the harbour, visible through a series of collection dishes, channels and rills. (The water will be used within a sustainable urban drainage system to irrigate the landscape.)
An installation by local artist Richard Box draws the two halves of Building 10 together, animating the pedestrian square. Artist Julie Verhoeven was appointed to integrate artwork within the design of Building 9, particularly in the main entrance. Building 3b – ‘Quay Point’ – is screened from a gas compound and busy road by a flowing pattern of wildflowers, grasses and sedum.