Bristol Rejuvenation

Consisting of 165,000 square feet of existing buildings within a roughly two-acre site and is located on the edge of Bristol city center, close to Bristol Temple Meads station and between the city’s business district at Temple Quay and cultural quarter at Old Market

The Old Soapworks

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First Base is proposing to transform the site into a mixed-use development that will celebrate Bristol’s industrial past and creative culture. The plans include two new buildings, alongside the sensitive restoration of the Grade II-listed Soapworks building – originally a soap factory dating back to the 1860s and, more recently, a showroom for Gardiner Haskins, one of the UK’s largest independent department stores.

Project details

Complementing the Old Market, a historic district east of Bristol, the restored Soapworks landmark will create a new district within a two-acre site that also includes 165,000 square feet of space from the original buildings. The principal building is Grade II listed and dates back to the 1860s, and formerly served as the headquarters for Christopher Thomas & Brothers—a soap and candle company—before it was acquired by Gardiner Haskins, Bristol’s largest independent department store, in 1958. The original design was inspired by Florence’s historic Palazzo Vecchio.

Bristol, UK
First Base
165,000 sf
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