Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure company, today announces that it has been awarded a £43 million contract by Wapping Wharf Living, a joint venture between developers Umberslade and Muse, to deliver the second phase of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf regeneration project.
Wapping Wharf on Bristol’s harbourside is widely acknowledged as one of the city’s most exciting new neighbourhoods. Comprising over 200 homes and a retail quarter featuring some of the city’s best independent restaurants, shops and cafes, the quarter links the communities of south Bristol with the city centre.
Wapping Wharf Living has secured £23.4 million funding from Homes England towards phase two. The support comes from Homes England’s Home Building Fund, which provides loans to help unlock or accelerate the delivery of residential and mixed-use housing developments.
As part of the works, Balfour Beatty will provide two residential blocks comprising of 256 new homes, four new retail units spanning 659m2, ground level car parking, bicycle storage and landscaping for the new homes.
In addition, Balfour Beatty will retain and restore the early 19th Century, Grade II listed Gaol Gate and Gaol Wall Structures which will act as a pedestrian feature entrance to the residential buildings, reflecting the history and character of the area.
Balfour Beatty has been working in collaboration with Wapping Wharf Living since 2017. Early engagement has enabled the company to play an instrumental part in the design, methodology and logistics of the project.
Jonathan Winter, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director for the South of England, said: “There has been significant interest from the local community in the redevelopment of this historic part of the iconic Floating Harbour. We look forward to delivering the next phase of this exciting new quarter in the heart of Bristol where people can live, shop, eat and relax by the city’s waterfront.
“We have significant experience and knowledge of the local supply chain, and in delivering residential schemes in Bristol having recently, successfully completed the Audley Redwood retirement scheme
Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, said: “It’s very exciting to be able to embark on the next phase of building the community at Wapping Wharf and it’s thanks to an enormous amount of hard work from all of our partners that we’re now able to give this the go ahead.”
“We’re delighted with the way that Bristol has welcomed Wapping Wharf and that we can take another step in transforming this once-derelict site into a thriving neighbourhood for the city.”
Duncan Cumberland, residential development director at Muse Developments, said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with phase two of Wapping Wharf and replicate the funding structures with Homes England and Sovereign Housing that were so successful on phase one.
“Once again Muse has brought its funding and regeneration expertise to the table, to play our part in creating a vibrant, new community in Bristol, and look forward to working with our partners once more.”
Works are due to commence next month, and are expected to complete in 2020. At construction peak the programme will employ over 250 individuals, including multiple apprenticeship and graduate positions.
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
- Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland regional construction business is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s and Ireland’s national infrastructure. Balfour Beatty is also an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities.
- The company has been operating in the South of England for over a century, providing the company with its first commission in 1909 to operate the tramway network in Kent and Bedfordshire.
- Significant projects in the Company’s current portfolio in the South include the £19m renovation and extension of the Grade II listed Bristol Fry Building, which will provide state-of-the-art mathematic facilities for The University of Bristol, the £170m baggage screening and handling systems upgrade for Heathrow Airport Limited, the £5m link road from St Clements way to London Road in Dartford and the £82.5m F-35 contract at RAF Marham, to build engineering and training facilities in readiness for the arrival of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018.
- Iconic projects of the past delivered in the South include the construction of three new hangars and ancillary buildings for RAF Brize Norton, the extension and refurbishment of Bristol Airport’s Terminal 1 to transform the security search process for airport passengers, and the 3.3Km Woodside Link road scheme in Bedfordshire, to ease congestion and unlock accessibility to employment in North Houghton.