Client: SBC Berhad
Status: Proposed in 2018
The Waterfront Place project is a key site within Bristol’s Harbourside. Located at the southern end of the waterfront, it is adjacent to the Floating Harbour and is bounded by the Bordeaux Quay restaurant to the north. Most importantly, the 0.32 ha rectangular and flat site is uniquely positioned between the high-quality public spaces at Millennium Square and the Amphitheatre/Waterfront Square which fronts the Floating Harbour.
The program for this site included 3 main components: 2 levels of Retail/F&B to complement the Bordeaux Quay restaurant complex, approximal 90 studio apartments and a 120-room tourist hotel. The resulting 6-storey arrangement positioned the apartments overlooking the waterfront and the hotel block at the rear with views of the historic city. The two blocks frame a semi-internal courtyard space which will capture the over-flow al-fresco dining at the retail levels. The façade treatment of the hotel was conventional minimalist with full-height linear glazing while that for the apartments was an undulating wave of angular forms as a metaphor for the actual waves lapping at the water beyond.