Archaeological Desk Based Assessment, Central Bristol

Assessing the impact and researching its historical provenance of a sensitive site in Central Bristol

In Brief

Client: Student Accommodation Developer Sector: Construction; Education Services:

Archaeological Desk Based Assessment; Heritage Impact Assessment

Location: Central Bristol

Key Points

  • Sensitive historic cityscape
  • 500+ student accommodation


Our built heritage team recently produced a detailed study assessing the impact of proposed high-rise student accommodation on the historic cityscape surrounding Bristol Temple Meads Station, a range of 19th Century railway buildings that includes the Grade I listed Old Station of 1839-41 built in the Tudor Gothic Revival style by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The development site lies within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and comprises a cluster of garages and workshops, some occupying former 19th Century industrial buildings, which form part of the Feeder Road Industrial Estate, to the E of the Station.

Considering the impact of the proposed 14-storey development from a series of key viewpoints included long-distance views from established historic landmarks such as the Cabot Tower.


Work is ongoing………