NEXT 250 HOMES ‘TOP OUT’ AT BRISTOL’S WAPPING WHARF
Construction work has now reached a major milestone on the creation of a mixed community of over 250 new homes at Bristol's Wapping Wharf.
To celebrate this landmark moment, the main partners behind the project from both the private and public sector gathered today to celebrate with a traditional 'topping out' ceremony. To mark the main structures of the buildings reaching their highest levels, the final bolt was tightened into place on one of the rooftops and the partners signed their names on the steel rooftop structures.
Over the past few months, Abel Yard and Hope Quay, the two large buildings that will house the next 256 homes, have taken shape on the harbour skyline and the superstructures are now complete. Rising to five and six floors respectively, the development includes a range of one, two and three-bed apartments. As work progresses, most of the windows are now in place, work to put the slates on the signature sloped roofs is well underway and the construction teams have started work on the interiors of the apartments, dry lining the walls.
Wapping Wharf Living is a joint venture between developers Umberslade and Muse. International infrastructure company Balfour Beatty, which is building this phase of the regeneration scheme, has been working closely with the development team on the delivery of the project for the past two and a half years.
The restored early 19th century, Grade II listed Gaol Gate is set to become an impressive new public entrance to Wapping Wharf, opening onto a square, flanked by residents' communal gardens. Four new retail units (comprising 659m2) will be created along a new road being constructed through the centre of the site. The architects, Alec French, also designed the previous homes at Wapping Wharf.
The open market one, two and three-bedroom apartments were launched to the market at the beginning of September. A marketing suite and show apartment have opened along Museum Street at Wapping Wharf to give potential buyers a chance to see for themselves the internal finishes that will be used in the development.
Duncan Cumberland, residential development director at Muse Developments, said:"We're delighted to reach this landmark moment on the second phase of Wapping Wharf with the development reaching its highest point. It's also a perfect opportunity to come together with our partners to celebrate this important milestone at the scheme, that has accelerated the delivery of over 250 homes for the city, and further add to the eclectic, vibrant community here. It's these kind of strong, open partnerships, with a mutual understanding and a shared vision, that we can achieve real, transformational regeneration.
"We've had an incredibly positive response to our recent market launch, particularly from local people who are already familiar with Wapping Wharf and we look forward to welcoming them to their new home when the scheme completes."
Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, said: "This is another key moment for Wapping Wharf and we recognise the commitment and hard work it has taken from the construction teams to get this second phase to this stage.
"I'm really looking forward to growing our neighbourhood and enabling more people to live here and enjoy what I believe is a very special part of Bristol."
The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, who secured the last bolt on the steel beam of the building's rooftop, added: "The partners here behind Wapping Wharf are helping us solve one of Bristol's biggest challenges. Delivering homes is the key policy tool for us for social justice, health and education outcomes and economic stability and I thank you for making this happen and being focused on delivery. I look forward to more cranes on the horizon."
At the peak stages of construction, the programme will employ over 250 people, including multiple apprenticeship and graduate positions.