PG submits two planning applications

The PG Group have submitted two planning applications to the City Council.

The first application 19/00408/NMA refers to Block B (the site of the building formerly known as Westmorland House).  The application form says it is for a non-material “variation of condition numbers 2 (demolition),3 (material samples) ,4 (contamination remediation strategy), 11 (details of bird nesting), 18 (recording of the historic fabric of the buildings to be disturbed or concealed,) 19 (contamination site characterisation),22 (sustainable drainage strategy), 23 (code for sustainable homes), 24 (Breeam) & 43 (list of approved plans)”.  The application refers to a covering letter for explanation of the changes requested but this letter has not yet been made available. The drawings provided show changes to the recessed balconies on the Stokes Croft frontage and facing onto the market square. You can find the documents on the Council’s website.

Block B comparison of existing & proposed

Extracts from architect’s drawings showing existing scheme and proposed change to windows of Block B (formerly Westmorland House)

The second application 19/00409/NMA refers to Block C (Carriageworks building). The application form says it is for a non-material “variation of condition numbers 2 (demolition),3 (material samples) ,4 (contamination remediation strategy), 11 (details of bird nesting), 18 (recording of the historic fabric of the buildings to be disturbed or concealed,) 19 (contamination site characterisation),22 (sustainable drainage strategy), 23 (code for sustainable homes), 24 (Breeam) & 43 (list of approved plans)”.  The application also refers to a covering letter for explanation of the changes requested but this letter has not yet been made available. The drawings provided show changes to the roof layout.  We understand that this is to allow the stair and lift core to reach the top floor. You can find the documents on the Council’s website.

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Extracts from architect’s drawings showing existing scheme and proposed change to roof of Block C

As soon as we get further details of these applications we will put them on this page.

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Cultural Plan – sharing the findings to date – drop-in event

The following has been sent out by Willis Newson who are preparing the Cultural Plan on behalf of PG Group:

PG Group and Willis Newson are inviting people living in St Pauls, Stokes Croft, Montpellier, Redland, Kingsdown, Broadmead and Cotham to find out about possible arts, heritage, cultural activities and enterprise opportunities there are for the ground floor of the redeveloped Carriageworks and Westmoreland House and to share your thoughts and ideas.

The buildings have been derelict since the 1980s and have been purchased for development by Bristol based developers PG Group. Work has started on the demolition already and will complete in Summer/Autumn 2020. Central to the exciting new development is the creation and implementation of a Cultural Plan and Public Art Strategy for the site that will support the new building to thrive and support the local social, cultural and economic ecologies of the area.

For the last 9 months, Willis Newson have been having discussions with Carriageworks Action Group and PG Group and running consultation sessions, community meetings and focus groups to develop a Cultural Plan and Public Arts Strategy for The Carriageworks and Westmoreland House on Bristol’s Stokes Croft.  They are keen to share the findings to date with the community in advance of the plan being finalised.

Ideas to date include a community-led process of co-commissioning and leading on a programme of activity, a market area for local artists and traders, heritage projects and a community hub space for cooking and events.

There will be a drop in at The Citadel (Salvation Arrmy), 6 Ashley Road from 2-6pm on Wednesday September 12th as well as a more facilitated presentation and discussion in the space from 6:30pm-8pm.  Everyone is welcome and hot drinks will be served.

Asbestos delays demolition

Bristol Post carries a story today that the discovery of asbestos in Westmorland House has delayed demolition by a further four weeks.

CAG’s understanding is that asbestos in the building was removed years ago but rather than safely remove it from the site the workers tipped some of it in the lift shaft. While this was known locally there was no hard evidence.  Consequently it would only have been confirmed by the contractors once it was safe to start excavating the lift shaft i.e. quite recently.

Just another twist for the complicated develoment!

UPDATE

Bristol 247 are also covering the issue of the asbestos and write “The developer has said the removal of asbestos could take a few weeks and has tentatively suggested demolition will proceed early September.”

St Pauls Carnival – 7 July

Carnival returns to St Pauls this weekend.  Full details at https://www.stpaulscarnival.net

ROAD CLOSURES:

No closures on Stokes Croft, but Ashley Road will be closed between 8am and midnight on Saturday, July 7.

The following road closures take place from 6pm on Friday, July 6 until 7am on Sunday, July 8:

Argyle Road, Bishop Street, Brooke Lane, Burnell Drive, Chapter St, Corey Close, Denbigh Street, Fern Street, Grosvenor Road, Lemon Lane, Moon Street, Orange St, Portland Sq, Thomas St, Wilder St, Wilson Place, Badminton Road, Backfields Lane, Brooke Road, Cairns Crescent, City Road East, Cumberland St, Drummond Road, Franklyn Lane, Gwen Street, Little Bishop Street, Morgan Street, Pembroke St, St Nicholas Rd, Tudor Rd, William St, Wilson St, Barnabus St, Brigstocke Rd, Brunswick Sq, Campbell St, City Road West, Dalrymple Rd, Dove Lane, Franklyn St, Halston Dr, London Rd, Newfoundland Rd, Princess St, St Paul St, Upper York St, Wilson Ave, Beggarswell Close, Brighton St, Brunswick St, Cave St, Dean St, Davey St, East Grove, Gloucester St, Hepburn Rd, Ludlow Close, Norfolk Aenue, Pritchard St, Surry St, West Grove and Wilson Drive.

Roof’s off!

First the cranes arrived:IMG-20180627-00423.jpg

Very long reach mobile crane on Westmoreland House Site working at the boundary of near Dairy Croft where there is a minor three story building being demolished.

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And then roof came off

IMG-20180627-00425.jpgAt last re-generation works on the Carriage Works on Stokes Croft have commenced.

The long reach mobile crane first seen on site on Tuesday 26th June has stated to remove roof cladding and other materials form the Carriage Works.

There is a great mass of steel works and timbers that need to be sensitively removed from the wreckage caused by the fire that nearly destroyed the building.

Here we can see the sky through the top story window apertures.

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