New £24m concept planned for Bristol harbourside to include iconic ‘floating’ hotel


A new £24m concept has been submitted to Bristol City Council which would include the creation of a new luxury ‘floating’ boutique hotel, and a host of other facilities.

The proposal would see the area of land running alongside Bordeaux Quay transformed by a new 125-bedroom boutique, a ‘Bristol Eye’ big wheel, plus restaurants and cafes and events space.

The plans, submitted by Manor Property Group, would see the hotel built overlooking St Augustine’s Reach with the design for the hotel making it appear as if it was ‘floating mid-air’.

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The site, owned by Bristol City Council has been earmarked for leisure use with the development of a ‘statement building’.

CODA Architects of Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol have been working on designs, while discussions have started with Hotel Indigo to potentially launch a new hotel with management by Interstate.

Mark Bailey, development director at Manor Property Group said: “We’ve been working on this scheme for around 18 months, having assembled an excellent team to deliver each element of this exciting offer. It would provide a new focus in the heart of Bristol bringing jobs, investment and extend the city’s leisure use.

“We would be looking to work with local restaurateurs to occupy those elements of the scheme and have already had some preliminary talks with the city council.”

Architect Ronnie Rennoldson, founding director of CODA Architects, said: “The ground floor would have a small reception area for the hotel widening out to a glass open space. In effect the hotel is on stilts floating above the public area.

“We’ve designed a ‘roofed over’ public space which itself, creates an atmospheric route to the existing Lloyds amphitheatre, as well as an all-weather protection for outdoor markets and events. The 125-bed hotel has restaurants and a bar beneath and enjoys views of the harbour-side location from a rooftop restaurant.”

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