TownCentred advised the local BID on catalysing one of the largest high street turnarounds in the southwest. The East Street Placemaking and Public Realm Masterplan is set to revitalise one of Bristol’s most historically significant high streets following the design’s approval by the seven client partners, including Bristol City Council and Bedminster BID who acted as project lead on behalf of the client team.
A multidisciplinary team was instructed to create an adaptable public realm that restores the declining, vehicle-dominant space into a prosperous commercial, recreational, social, and ecological haven for Bristol.
The masterplan capitalises on Bedminster Green’s planned development, repositioning East Street as the focal point for an anticipated increase in the region’s student, residential and commercial populations.An engaging placemaking methodology laid the foundation for an inclusive design response, welcoming over 6,100 responses from community groups through the digital ‘East Street Vision’ website. Six placemaking strategies were determined to enhance East Street’s destination value, says McGregor Coxall Bristol Studio Director, Michael Cowdy.
Fundamental to achieving the vision is relocating bus services to Dalby Avenue, reconfigured service vehicle access via Dean Street, and integrated active transport connections supporting cycling. 326 bollards and obstructive street elements will be removed in the process.A key focal point to the street is East Street Square. Located on the Cannon-and-East Street intersection, the multifunctional public space is defined by an avenue of trees, integrated modular benches and planters, featuring a flexible platform for markets and other cultural gatherings.
The space complements an enhanced collection of green pocket parks that provide natural shade, cycle parking, children’s play, and safe dwell space for community use.“I’d like to thank the communities and stakeholders who have and will continue to form an essential voice in the future of East Street,\" said Cowdy.
The project was made possible through collaboration and funding from Bedminster Business Improvement District, Bristol City Council, and local developers Dandara, Deeley Freed, A2Dominion, Firmstone, and City & Country.
Learn more about East Street’s revitalisation masterplan project here.