Pro Cathedral - Mixed Use, Park Place, Clifton, Bristol


Urban Creation


Julie Laming and Jeremy Bladon have secured planning permission and listed building consent for the re-use and additional development at Pro Cathedral, a Grade II listed building, which is on Bristol’s listed building at risk register.  The permissions comprise a 229 bed student residential scheme with approximately 500 sq.m of commercial floorspace and associated landscaping, cycle parking, and communal facilities.

This scheme follows the approval and implementation of a residential scheme secured by CSJ Planning in 2006, which is no longer financially viable and this proposal represents the last chance tosecure a viable future for this site. The proposal works with the existing residential permissions with the design, scale of development and landscaping scheme remaining essentially the same as permitted. A number of changes were made to the listed building which resulted in the retention of more of the building’s historic fabric.

This is an ideal location for student accommodation. It is highly sustainable, close to a range of facilities, public transport and most importantly it is within very close proximity of the University of Bristol and the extensive range of academic and social facilities that it provides.

The design team worked closely with Bristol City Council to ensure the delivery of a sustainable, high quality scheme that enhances the listed building and the Clifton and Hotwells Conservation Area.   

The proposal provides a robust management system to control student behaviour that works with local residents, it provides 116 cycle parking spaces and, through a negotiated Section 106 Agreement, restricts car ownership car, provides monies for works to Park Place to improve highway circulation, creates five additional car parking spaces for local residents and provides monies for improvements to and maintenance of Park Place and Brandon Hill and the Whiteladies Road showcase bus route.

The scheme also provides a series of sustainable benefits which includes amongst other things the use of green roofs on all the new build elements and the potential use of an air source heating system. 

An extensive public consultation exercise, led by the Avril Baker Consultancy, was undertaken prior to the submission of the applications that involved a public exhibition and public drop in session. A further extensive consultation exercise was undertaken by Bristol City Council during the course of the application. The applications secured support from the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society, the Council's Conservation Advisory Panel and from the Local Ward Members.

Local Authority

Bristol City Council

Pro Cathedral - Mixed Use