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.

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Roof’s off!

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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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The Culture of the Carriageworks – your ideas

A short time ago we asked you what you think the Carriageworks should be like in the future? What sort of culture will it have? What will be happening on the site that will appeal to residents, workers, neighbours and visitors?  We said we’d put your answers into a wordcloud.  Well, this is what we have so far.

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If you haven’t put in your ideas yet we’ve decided to leave the process open so go to SurveyMonkey and tell us what you think.

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Photos from a Site Visit

On 7 June members of Carriageworks Action Group were given access to the site. Safety issues meant we couldn’t enter the buildings (or even get up next to them) but Wrings, the demolition contractors, were brilliant in getting us as close as possible and explaining everything that was going on.

While work has not yet started on either Westmorland House or the Carriageworks, the rest of the site has been cleared and demolition has started to a smaller building backing onto Croft Dale (Hepburn Road).

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Cleared site. No.4 Ashley Road (the old Doctor’s surgery) has completely gone (we were told it virtually fell down by itself it was so weak). Once demolition is completed the archaeologists will dig an investigation trench – it’s possible that they will find fortifications from the civil war (Cromwells forces camped at Montpelier Farm in 1645 and then attacked the royalist held Priors Hill Fort, now Freemantle Sq at the top of Nine Tree Hill. Spurworks or redoubts below the fort may have been on the Carriageworks site).

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Rear view of Tucketts building. Negotiations about the party wall are ongoing with the owners.

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This building backs onto and is attached to Croft Dale (Hepburn Road). As a result it’s being demolished by hand. The steel cross beams visible at the top of the picture will be lifted out by crane next week (beginning 11 June).

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The scaffolding has been built to cantilever out over Croft Dale, giving safe access to the upper parts of the building being demolished.

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Vast amounts of rubble are being created. This pile is from the building backing Croft Dale. Much of it will be crushed and reused on site, but the total volume will exceed that which is needed, so the rest will be removed.

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This is the back wall of Kuumba. There’s a significant difference in levels between Kuumba (Hepburn Road) and the Carriageworks site. The building backing Croft Dale is in the background.

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The rear view of the Carriageworks. Fire went through the building many years ago so it still isn’t safe to access. There are bats inside which has caused delays in getting access. You can clearly see the roof line and northlights of the workshops that attached to the back of the building.

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The rear wall of the Carriageworks is older than the frontage but of less architectural significance. You can see some of the old stonework where the more modern render has detached. The whole building is listed, so the rear wall is also protected.

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Rear view of Westmorland House, completed in 1966 but only occupied for about 16 years, it has now been derelict for 26 years.

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Covered in streetart / graffitti and imposing itself on the local landscape and culture, Westmorland House has echos of and almost the same age as the Berlin Wall (1961-89).

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While scaffolding has been installed to give a degree of safety, the workers rarely enter. In the past however many people have been in, as evidenced by the graffitti. Tragically the inherent danger of the building resulted in a number of people losing their lives here.

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Over the years the interior of Westmorland House was heavily vandalised. Asbestos ceiling tiles were pulled down and dumped in the lift shaft, making for a more difficult removal job.

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The boardroom in Westmorland House was panelled with Nigerian Pear Wood and had a domed roof light just visible in this picture. You can read more about the building as it was on our stories page. All the valuables were plundered in the 1980s.

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There’s a basement below Westmorland House, totally filled with rubbish, needles etc. This will all have to be cleared out before demolition can begin.

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Wrings have got some very nice toys.

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Familiar sight of the Carriageworks frontage. Before works begin this will be shored up which will mean narrowing of the road. First of all though Wrings need to make the interior safe engough to go inside and assess the structural strength of the building.

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Frontage of Westmorland House. Beneath the building is a single storey basement that will have to be cleared and then dug out – necessitating shoring up of the road. The basement will then be backfilled in layers to help provide a foundation for the new building.

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Staff on the site have created a little gallery of items and artwork discovered.

Thank you very much to Wrings and PG Group for giving us this viewing of the site.

Community Meeting – Monday 18 June

The next Carriageworks Community Meeting will be on Monday 18th June, 6-8pm, at the Kings Centre.

The Most Important CAG Meeting Yet?

Where have we come from and where are we going?

CAG was set up in 2011 to support “something to happen” to secure the development of the Carriageworks/Westmorland House site.

We spent our first year carrying out an extensive consultation that led to the development of the Community Vision. This was agreed by a CAG Community Meeting in December 2011, and then adopted by BCC in May 2012.

Since 2012, CAG has had two roles:

  • To be a conduit of information about the development of the site
  • To work with any developer who would develop the site in line with the Community Vision.

It’s been a long and winding, and often bumpy, road since then. Developers have come and gone, planning applications have been deferred, altered and agreed. And we now have a Bristol based developer, the PG Group, who are committed to delivering the scheme that was granted Planning Permission in October 2015.

So, what role for CAG as the site is built out?

  • What is our information role now?
  • What issues are important to you as the scheme develops?
  • Willis Newson is developing a Cultural Plan for the site, with an emphasis on public art. How can we and they put forward a plan that is rooted in the area, and based on the widest views?
  • What issues are important to you about the uses of the commercial spaces and public realm on the ground floor?
  • And should we agree a new remit for CAG? And if so, what should this be?

Come along to the meeting on Monday 18 June and help form the next phase in CAG’s life.