Who we are
The Carriageworks Action Group is a broad alliance of local residents, business owners and people from local organisations working with Bristol City Council to address the dereliction of the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site. It meets at least twice a year and more often when there is something in need of early discussion.
You can find out more about whose involved on the ‘Who we are‘ page.
You might know the Carriageworks and the adjoining Westmoreland House on Stokes Croft – they’re the big derelict buildings near the Ashley Road junction.
- The buildings and surrounding land are owned by Opec Prime (aka the Comer Homes Group), a London based property developer which bought the site in the 1980s.
- The Carriageworks was designed by EW Godwin, an important Victorian Architect. It is a Grade II* listed building in poor condition and is on the buildings “at risk” register.
- Westmoreland House is the 6 storey 1960s concrete frame office building, last occupied in 1986 by the Football Pools Company.
- At the rear is 4 Ashley Road, a derelict but Grade II listed house.
- Together with land at the rear, the site is the same size as 1.6 football pitches.
- In 1989 planning permission was granted for the development of 63 flats, offices and underground parking.
- In 2006 the Council and local communities agreed a policy for a variety of uses on the site including residential, business and leisure facilities.
- In 2010 the Government Planning Inspector refused a planning application for 153 flats, 5 shops and 112 parking spaces.
- In 2011 a planning application was submitted by the owners for the development of 183 flats, shops and underground parking on the site. The application was ‘disposed’ by the City Council in 2012 due to lack of communication and failure to respond to requests for information.
- In 2012 the City Council agreed to use compulsory purchase powers to bring about redevelopment of the site.
- In 2013 the City Council confirmed Knightstone as its preferred developer.
- In 2014 Fifth Capital London appeared on the scene having acquired a “controlling interest” in the site. It went on to prepare proposals to redevelop the site.
- In October 2015 Fifth Capital obtained planning permission for 112 residential units plus commercial space on the site.
- In 2016 Fifth Capital were seeking a development partner.
- In 2017 PG Group completed their purchase of the site from Opec Prime.
- In 2018 demolition of the existing buildings began and was completed in 2019.
- Amendments to the planning permission were granted in 2020.
The Community Vision
In 2011 residents and organisations in St Pauls, Kingsdown, Montpelier and Cotham worked with the City Council to write a Community Vision for the future of the whole site. The vision was completed in 2012 and has gone on to inform our ongoing work, that of the City Council and interested developers (i.e. Knightstone, Fifth Capital and PG Group).
A Note on Spelling
The correct spelling of the concrete office block, now demolished, is Westmorland (not ‘Westmoreland’ with an ‘e’ – although sometimes the wrong spelling does creep into this website). The building was named after the Countess of Westmorland, a patron of the Spastics Society (the beneficiary charity of the owners, Regional Pools Promotions), who opened the building on 14 January 1966.
[Page updated 21 May 2020]