Mayor tightens last bolt in new Wapping Wharf homes

BPL432 September 18 2019

Dockside community Wapping Wharf welcomes hundreds of new homes built as part of multi-million pound housing project

Bristol mayor says he wants ‘more cranes on the horizon’ as he visits the new six-storey development.

At an event marking the ‘topping out’ of the Wapping Wharf development, Marvin Rees threw his weight behind more city-centre developments. The topping out ceremony, which marks the near completion of the structure, hosted the mayor to tighten the last rooftop bolt.

Most of the windows in the five/six-storey development are now in place, with work starting on the slate roofs and interior walls. Construction is expected to complete in 2020.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “The partners behind Wapping Wharf are helping us solve one of Bristol’s biggest challenges. Delivering homes is the key policy tool for us for social justice, health and education outcomes and economic stability. I look forward to more cranes on the horizon.”

Two hundred homes are already complete and occupied on Wapping Wharf and overlook CARGO, the city’s first retail hub made of converted shipping containers housing independent shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses.

Wapping Wharf Living received £23.4m in funding from Homes England’s Home Building Fund. Ninety-three of the homes will be sold to Sovereign Housing Association, 49 of which will be for shared ownership, the rest for private rent. The remaining 172 apartments will be for private sale and a further 81 affordable homes are due to be constructed by Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure company behind the regeneration.

BPL432 September 18 2019

Tony Quigley, home ownership director for affordable housing developer Sovereign, said: “Ensuring that new developments offer a balanced mix of tenures is an essential part of shaping flourishing neighbourhoods, and opportunities like this one highlight Sovereign’s long-term commitment to creating thriving communities. Above all, we’ve genuinely enjoyed working with the excellent developers Muse and Umberslade and look forward to working on future projects together.”

Duncan Cumberland, residential development director at Muse Developments, said: “It is the perfect opportunity to come together with our partners and celebrate this important milestone. It’s these kind of strong partnerships, with mutual understanding and shared vision, that can achieve transformational regeneration.

“We’ve had an incredibly positive response to our recent market launch, particularly from local people who are already familiar with Wapping Wharf and we look forward to welcoming them to their new home when the scheme completes.”

Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, said: “This is another key moment for Wapping Wharf and we recognise the commitment and hard work it has taken from the construction teams to get this second phase to this stage. I’m really looking forward to growing our neighbourhood and enabling more people to live here and enjoy what I believe is a very special part of Bristol.”

With architecture designed to be sympathetic to the historic dockside surroundings, the new apartments have balconies, internal garden courtyards, vaulted ceilings and terraces.

A marketing suite and show apartment on Museum Street is now open and you can register your interest online at

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