The Paintworks, Phase III.


Crest Nicholson, South West


231 units
6700 m2 commercial

Local Authority

Bristol City Council



Key Project Information

  • Residential Development of the year (Insider South west Property Awards, 2018);
  • Best Residential Development (Bristol Property Awards, 2019)
  • On the site of a former Victorian paint and varnish factory with direct frontage on to the River Avon
  • Very unique development – high density live and live/work development;
  • Entire development built on a podium with car parking hidden underneath;
  • Fully accessible pedestrian circulation network of streets, walkways and plazas to create a welcoming and vibrant public realm;
  • One of Bristol’s key creative hubs.

The clients vision was to create one of the most inspiring places to live and work in Bristol. It was specifically not to be just a standard approach to high density city living – it had to be more than that. We worked seamlessly with architect Stride Treglown, to make maximum use of the riverside frontage, and turned constraint into opportunity on what was in effects, a huge roof garden.

Creation of a fully integrated public realm a key part of which was new riverside promenade that linked across the site via the wider pedestrian routes to make it fully permeable and accessible. Building on the Paintworks character, design cues were taken from Paintworks I and II on the adjacent site, including materiality and bright colours, and provision of raised planters and integrated seating. Street furniture encourages residents beyond their front doors and meet each other.

A central plaza is provided for markets, open air cinema and day to day amenity space, to create a genuinely “people first” approach to integrated design. The site included biodiversity enhancements in respect of planting in the public realm and small garden spaces.