First Base receives overwhelming response to consultation on proposals to redevelop prominent Soapworks site

Over 3,800 people responded to the first round of consultation, held by mixed-use developer First Base, on the future of the Soapworks, the former Gardiner Haskins warehouse, which is in-line for a £175 million redevelopment; comprising a mix of modern workspace, an apart-hotel, new homes, cafes and restaurants.

In addition to mailing to over 2,000 residents and businesses around the site First Base hosted a public exhibition at Gardiner Haskins’ new premises on Straight Street, adjacent to the Soapworks site, and a street stall event on Broadmead in early July. These events detailed the initial proposals for the site and allowed local residents, stakeholders and community groups to provide their thoughts and ask any questions they might have at an early stage.

During the consultation First Base received a significant level of written feedback from residents and stakeholders. Of those who responded to the consultation, around 80% of these indicated that they were supportive of the redevelopment of the site. First Base also received 10,000 visitors to their online consultation platform, of which 3,757 individual users who answered over 21,000 questions relating to the site’s redevelopment on the online poll. A key theme to emerge from the first phase of consultation was the desire to see publicly accessible open space included as a central element of the site’s redevelopment.

Over the summer First Base will review the feedback received during the first phase of its consultation programme and will work closely with officers at Bristol City Council to further develop the proposals, prior to re-consulting the local community later in the autumn.

Details about the next phase of consultation, as well as information on the refined proposals for the Soapworks will be available on the project’s website thesoapworksbristol.co.uk in due course.

Lucinda Mitchell, Project Director for First Base, commented:

First Base would like to take this opportunity to thank local residents and the wider Bristol community for the incredibly positive response we have received during the first phase of our public consultation. We are delighted with the high level of feedback we have received, which will help to shape our plans moving forward.

Over the summer we will review the huge amount of feedback which has been received as we continue to refine our proposals for the Soapworks site. We will continue to work closely with Bristol City Council and other key stakeholders during this period, and look forward to displaying updated proposals later this year.”