Research; Possible Buildings; Initial list

– Bristol baths building ; provided a large open space inside which could be easily developed. The surrounding area was okay but not ideal, hard to pinpoint what the building could be used for.

– Muller road, Old B&Q building ; the building itself has been knocked down, but has left a large open space which could either be built on again or could be left so that , stalls for example could be put up in another fashion.

– Old shops by Bearpit ; smaller spaces than what the other buildings provide, also have apartments/flats above so it would be hard to do something here that wasn’t too loud and didn’t disturb anyone. The location is also on a backstreet, so it is harder to get to as the streets are narrower and the building itself is so small it could easily get too busy.

– Royal Mail / Parcel force building by Temple Meads ; a really big space. Both the budding itself and the surrounding area outside of the building. If this was renovated it could provide a number of different things to surrounding areas. The building itself is next to the train station so it could be easily accessed by a larger volume of people, if it was turned into something business driven for example. My initial thinking with this is to have some sort of shopping centre or outlet which could easily result in boosting revenue into Bristol.

– Shirehampton building; this building again is quite a small space that lies underneath a set of flats. Again this would be a problem as noise would have to be controlled, or the space itself would have to be for something quiet. The surrounding area actually haas a lot of other shops / facilities, so it would be hard to find something that doesn’t already exist somewhere close to this building.


Age Range:

10-14 = 5.1%,

18-24 = 13.6%,


65-74 = 6.5%

85 + = 2.1%.

Mean age = 36.5 Median age = 33

Education –

No qualifications = 20.2%

– Level 4 = 32.8%

– Other = 4.9%

Immigration – 85.3%

Health ;

V good – 48.81%,

Good – 33.46%,

Bad – 4.22%,

Vbad 1.27%

Employment ;

Jobseekers allow – 3.6%

Incapacity benefits – 2.9%

Any benefit – 14.9%

Social Grade and occupation stats;

– AB – 25.70%

– C1 – 32.17%

– C2 – 17.59%

– DE – 24.53

Parcel Force Building

The building that we decided to use is the old Parcel Force building, located in Redcliffe next to the Temple Meads train station. Our reasoning for choosing this building came down to a number of factors, such as ; the size of the building itself and the possibilities that this offered; the surrounding area, of which was located in an area surrounded by large businesses and is generally very commercial; and the space that the building offered.

Parcel Force Building

Redcliffe ( parcel force building ) ;

-This area was harder to find specific stats relating to the community. I believe that this is because the area itself has a smaller community, but is largely a corporate area, that includes a number of hotels, banks, and businesses surrounding, so it would consequently be harder to pin point exact numerical figures. However, I believe that this area in particular would be the best option for this project for a number of reasons.

– The space itself is big enough to develop it into almost anything ( within reason ). For example the building has a number if different floors which in a particular project could be used for different things and reach out to a broader range of people in surrounding areas.

– The location of the building is right next to the temple meads train station, which could consequently bring a larger volume of people into Bristol, again with something such as a shopping centre which would generate income for the city, but would also open up a number of job opportunities for people in surrounding areas, or people who could catch the train.

– Going back to the location of the site again, a shopping centre in this location would be beneficial to the people who live in the outer parts of Bristol, farther away from the centre, and essentially further away from shopping outlets such as Cabot Circus. The location of this building provides a centre that is easier to reach, as is generally closer to the people who live in these areas, making it ideal for them to visit and essentially spend money.

Redcliffe ( parcel force building ) ;

History of Redcliffe;

Redcliffe was originally part of the manor of Bedminster, held by the Earls of Gloucester, divided from Bristol by the river Avon. Relatively deep water alongside the outcrops of red sandstone upon which St Mary Redcliffe sits encouraged the development of wharves. Rivalries existed between residents and merchants of Redcliffe and those of Bristol. The only fixed crossing of the river was Bristol Bridge, although there were numerous ferries. In the 12th century, Robert Fitzroy gave the Knights Templar part of Redcliffe, which then became known as Temple Fee. The Templars were granted the power to hold courts and execute felons. This right passed, along with the fee, to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem after the suppression of the Templars. Early recorded industries in Redcliffe include weaving, fulling and dyeing. It is likely that fulling and dyeing, which could be quite noxious processes, were not welcome within the town walls of Bristol and so were established here, nearby but outside the city walls. In the 13th century Redcliffe and Bristol underwent a rapid expansion, in King Henry III’s reign due to a ‘major harbour improvement’ (Broad Quay or St. Augustines Reach). This involved the construction of a ‘Great Ditch’ which formed a new course for the River Frome through St Augustine’s Marsh. This provided more space for ships to moor and new quays were built. In the same period a stone bridge, Bristol Bridge, was constructed. To achieve this, the river Avon was diverted through Redcliffe, along the line of the ‘Portwall’ and solid stone foundations laid for the bridge, behind wattle and daub coffer dams. “The men of Redcliffe” were enjoined to help these projects by Henry III. A view looking down towards a tall church spire which rises high above the surrounding trees and large modern buildings, with rows of hillside housing in the distance Friday, 25 January 2019 St Mary’s church and surrounding modern development, seen from the Cabot Tower. A hundred years later, in 1373, Redcliffe became part of Bristol to become the city and county of Bristol. The granting of county status was important as it meant that legal disputes no longer had to be taken to courts in Gloucester, or Ilminster in Somerset. In 1782 William Watts converted his house, near St Mary Redcliffe, into the world’s first shot tower, in order to make lead shot by his innovative tower process. The Redcliffe Shot Tower remained a well-known feature of Redcliffe until 1968, when it was demolished to make way for road improvements, and shot manufacture transferred to the Cheese Lane Shot Tower on the banks of the Floating Harbour.

Other buildings considered

The buildings below are the other options that we considered to use for the development of our project. We decided not to use any of these buildings as we found that each of them, in their own aspects, had certain problems that essentially would effect the way in which our idea would operate in a real life situation, but more importantly using one of these buildings would have had a negative / direct impact on the surrounding community, which is what we are trying to prevent.

Other buildings considered

Our initial ideas with what our project could be varied at the beginning, we started off by suggesting that we could make something such as a community centre, an art supplies store