Winning practice due at end of summer

Bristol city council-owned Goram Homes has shortlisted four design teams in a competition to redevelop a city-centre car park in the shadow of a grade I-listed church into an “inspiring and inclusive” housing development.

Groupwork with McGregor Coxall & Hydrock; Levitt Bernstein; FBM Architects and HTA Design have been chosen to enter the second stage of the competition process to create new homes on the 0.32ha site of Portwall Lane car park, on Redcliffe Way.

The site, which is north of the gothic St Mary Redcliffe Church, has been earmarked for redevelopment for more than a decade.

Goram Homes’ design competition for the scheme was launched in March in conjunction with Redcliffe Residents’ Action Group and Neighbourhood Forum and Bristol Festival of Housing.

The competition brief sought proposals for the surface car park to be redeveloped with a mixed-use, residential-led scheme that would “enhance and fit well with the long-term vision for the area”.

Goram Homes stated its ambition for the project to be “an exemplar of sustainability and biodiversity”. Competition entrants were not given a target level of new homes for the scheme, however Goram’s business plan identifies the site as suitable for 110 units.

Shortlisted entries were chosen by a panel of judges that included members of Redcliffe Way Neighbourhood Forum.

The teams will now move on to the second stage of the competition, with community engagement and further development of their ideas. A winning team is expected to be chosen by the end of summer.