St Mary le Port
In Brief

SMLP Bristol GP Ltd

Development Manager:


St Mary le Port is a key site in the heart of Bristol, being redeveloped as a mix of sustainable office space and retail development that respects and reflects the historic importance of St Mary le Port tower and ruins, the nearby High Street Vaults, Castle Park, and the wider City Centre.

Working in partnership with Bristol City Council and the local community, our designs propose a mixed-use scheme that draws on the past, embraces the present, and looks to the future.

There are currently three 1960’s bank buildings on the site on the western edge of Castle Park, these are vacant and no longer fit for purpose. Hidden amongst them sit the ruins of St Mary le Port Church. 

Three new buildings for office space and flexible commercial units for independent shops are proposed to enhance the central Bristol working and shopping experience. Each is carefully considered to respond to their immediate context and to include the latest sustainable building design thinking with the aim of achieving net carbon zero in operation, creating a cohesive and interesting family of new structures for the City.

The historic ruins of the Church and Vaults are to be repaired, providing free access to the public, bringing two historical gems to life whilst creating additional outdoor space that extends into Castle Park.

By opening up and improving public access to the Castle Park, reinstating the historic streets and routes which were lost after the war, we seek to establish a vibrant new sustainable place to serve people who work, live, and visit the area well connected by foot and cycle paths, public buses, and boat.

In addition to setting ambitious and deliverable targets for the buildings, will be adopting the latest thinking in Environmental Net Gain (ENG) to take care of the natural environment on site. We will increase the amount of green space by around 200%, with an extensive planting scheme that will include new trees, biodiverse roof terraces, green roofs, terraced planters at street level, and landscaped terraces down to the Floating Harbour.

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