St Mary le Port, Bristol

St Mary Le Port, Bristol

We managed extensive archaeological excavations and studies alongside ground investigation work for a national-level planning review for the redevelopment of St Mary le Port in Bristol, a former site damaged during the bombings in WWII.

Residential - South West

Project Overview

Cited as one of the first development areas of Bristol around the floating harbour. The St Mary le Port thoroughfare around St Peter's Church was damaged during the bombings in WWII and replaced with three large concrete structures used as banking establishments including the Bank of England constructed in the 1960s.

Curtins managed extensive archaeological excavations and studies alongside ground investigation work for a national-level planning review for the redevelopment of the entire site.

Following a lengthy planning process the development has progressed to demolition, further ground investigation and design work realising the long-term vision of returning the site to its former glory to create jobs and establish a new vibrant and sustainable place for people to enjoy. 

Services we provided:

  • EnvironmentalEnvironmental

Client:

MEPC Limited

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The Challenge

The management of large excavations and drilling works during the COVID-19 pandemic within a widely used public area, with limited timescale to meet planning deadlines.

Our Solution

Liaison with the local authorities and both environmental and archaeological regulators to develop a combined package of work that would deliver the information needed to assess archaeological importance, alongside providing early design information.

Project Highlights

  1. Design and management of combined package of archaeological and ground investigation site works during COVID pandemic

  2. Delivery of early design information for foundations and contamination assessment to inform early viability of re-development.

  3. Time and cost management of archaeological work to ensure budgets and time constraints were met.

  4. Ongoing consultation input to progress overall scheme to the demolition phase to enable supplementary ground investigation work to deliver design requirements for this high profile development in the heart of Bristol.

St Mary le Port, Bristol

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