First Base launch public consultation on £175 million proposals for mixed-use development in Bristol

Mixed-use developer First Base has recently acquired Soapworks, a landmark site in Bristol, and will now work with Bristol City Council to create a new £175 million district comprising a mix of modern workspace, new homes an apart-hotel, cafes and restaurants.

The 2.25-acre site is located on the edge of the city centre, close to Bristol Temple Meads station and between Temple Quay and Old Market and contains the Grade II listed Soapworks building which dates back to the 1860s. Until recently the Soapworks was occupied by Gardiner Haskins’, an independent Bristol retailer, being used as its showroom for its range of homeware. Gardiner Haskins has recently moved to new premises adjacent to the site on Straight Street and continue to trade successfully.

First Base have recently launched the first phase of their public consultation for the new iconic mixed-use development which will look to redevelop the landmark site. Over the coming weeks First Base will be seeking feedback from the local community and key stakeholders, before consulting again on more detailed proposals for the site later in the year. 

As part of the initial consultation, First Base will be holding events where residents can view more information about the early plans, speak to members of the project team and provide feedback.

An exhibition event will be being held on Wednesday 3 July, at Gardiner Haskins new premises, 1 Straight Street, Broad Plain, Bristol, BS2 0FQ between 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

First Base will also be running an informal street stall event to display the initial proposals for the site. Members of the project team will be available outside Marks & Spencer on Broadmead on Saturday 6 July between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Lucinda Mitchell, Project Director at First Base, said:

We are excited to share our initial proposals with the community for the iconic Soapworks site in Old Market. We are keen to hear from all residents and stakeholders and would like to encourage all interested parties to engage with our consultation.

Ben Allen, Managing Director at Gardiner Haskins, said:

The site generated a very high level of interest from the developer community and we chose First Base from a very competitive field due to the quality of their proposed scheme and their outstanding track record.

“We continue to trade successfully from the adjacent site and are looking forward to working closely with First Base to realise this vision.

Further information regarding the site and First Base’s proposals can be found online at