Last piece of the jigsaw for the north side of Bristol harbourside

Monday, 18 April 2016

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The last remaining piece of the regeneration jigsaw on the north side of Bristol’s Harbourside is about to be slotted into place, as the sale of the former Canon’s Marsh Gasworks site on Anchor Road is completed.

Property adviser Bilfinger GVA has brokered the deal which sees the 0.4 ha site sold on an unconditional basis to developer Square Bay.

The parcel of land, which sits between Anchor Road and the floating harbour, contains the walls of two Grade II listed stone buildings now in disrepair - Purifier House West and Engine House - and a listed boundary wall. This very well-known site has lain vacant for around 40 years.

It boasts unrivalled views across to the SS Great Britain and Harbourside.

Last used as a gas works, the site has planning permission and listed building consent for a commercial office scheme. Bilfinger GVA is now working with Square Bay on a new planning application for a primarily residential led scheme.

James Petherick, Associate at Bilfinger GVA who represented the vendor in the sale, says:

“This remarkable site is one of the final undeveloped parcels on Bristol’s Harbourside which, despite best efforts by the former land owner, has remained vacant for many years. I am sure that Square Bay’s exciting development proposals will soon see high quality development of this site with breath-taking views of Brunel’s SS Great Britain.”

Tom Vaughan-Jones, Director, Square Bay, says, “We are very pleased to have purchased the Purifier site. It is an incredibly important, prominent site and is the final piece of the jigsaw for the harbour side. It will be great to see the site developed and the listed buildings brought back into use.”

For more information, please contact James Petherick, Associate at Bilfinger GVA on 0117 988 5331 or