If you want to find out more about our exciting project, please contact us as follows:

St Catherine’s Place

Post: Unit 10, St Catherine’s Place, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4HG
Email: info@firmstonedevelopments.com

Residential sales

Ocean Land & New Homes
0117 9469832

Retail and Commercial

Alder King
0117 317 1043

Media enquiries

Spirit Public Relations
0117 944 1415

Whilst very central and easy to get to, St Catherine’s Place is currently an underused part of Bedminster.

Our vision------------

Our vision is to see St Catherine’s Place reinvigorated as a thriving neighbourhood right in the heart of south Bristol’s oldest and best-known community.

We plan to comprehensively redevelop the existing site to provide:

Around 180 new homes
Cafes, restaurants and shops
Attractive open public spaces and landscaping
Our development aims to connect the conservation area of East Street with Dalby Avenue, both at street level and by providing a well-designed transition between the buildings and in terms of the urban character.

The long-awaited refurbishment of St Catherine’s Place is crucial to the wider regeneration of East Street and Bedminster. Our proposals will help make this a thriving, vibrant shopping centre, deliver much needed new homes and bring additional footfall to Bedminster’s struggling businesses.

REGENERATION ------------

St Catherine’s Place will play a key role in the regeneration of this part of Bedminster...

It has been identified by Bristol City Council (in its new Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Document) as an area for optimising development density including badly-needed new homes as well as the potential for taller buildings.
Footpaths will be widened, whilst car and cycle parking, as well as refuse, will be kept to the rear of the site, all making for a more welcoming environment for visitors and residents alike.

New ground-floor frontages will all revitalise St Catherine’s Place, creating an attractive new frontage onto Dalby Avenue and East Street.

Landowners across Bedminster Green and Bristol City Council are working together to minimise traffic impact and flood risk across the area, and to ensure any new developments operate efficiently alongside the new Hengrove to North Fringe M1 MetroBus route.

Design approach------------

Our approach to the design of St Catherine’s Place is guided by our commitment to create:

A comprehensive mixed-use development to act as a key local regeneration catalyst for the area
An active street frontage that significantly improves the retail and leisure on offer for the local community in Bedminster
High quality public spaces that reinforce and enhance the character of the local area
A public route between Dalby Avenue with East Street, that improves the environment for residents and visitors
Buildings which are graduated in scale to take account of neighbouring properties and views both from the conservation area and beyond
High quality homes with good aspects and views

“Our task is to produce plans to transform St Catherine’s Place into a vibrant, mixed-use destination by focusing on enhancing pedestrian connections with new public realm along Dalby Avenue and the reinstatement of a historic route reconnecting Mill Lane to Bedminster Green.”
With Stride Treglown’s placemaking expertise and deep connection to Bristol, we are now confident that we’ll be able to progress our much-needed plans to rejuvenate St Catherine’s Place and contribute to the long-term health of East Street.”
Jacqui Pollard, Stride Treglowan

Our plans

Past, present and future

What's happened so far:

In 2014, planning permission was granted for the comprehensive redevelopment of St Catherine’s Place. The proposal, from a former landowner Urbis, involved the demolition of all the existing buildings on site and the creation of 186 homes, including a 17-storey residential tower, together with new retail premises.

In 2017, St Catherine’s Place was put on the market and bought by local developer Firmstone, who are the current owners of the site.

Phase 1 – Catherine’s House – is now completed. We converted this former office block, which was vacant for many years, into 54 one and two-bedroom apartments. They are all sold, 80% to local buyers.

In January 2020, BCC refused planning permission for a comprehensive redevelopment of the site that included homes, a cinema and associated retail and leisure.

What's next?

We have now submitted our new planning application to Bristol City Council and it is recommended for approval by planning officers:

· Proposals involved significant scaling back of height and mass of main buildings.

· An “East Street First” approach taken to retail regeneration

· Larger, improved public space offered with more green landscaping and a new pocket park on Dalby Avenue

· A landscaped open-air pedestrian route, Mill Lane Greenway, providing a direct link between Bedminster Green and East Street

· Full compliance with Bristol City Council’s adopted Bedminster Green Framework

· Increased proportion of dual aspect homes within the new development plus

· Landscape proposals include references to the site’s industrial heritage

The planning application will be considered by Bristol City Council planning committee. If approved, we can then get on with regenerating St Catherine’s Place to help breathe new life into the East Street area of Bedminster.