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What’s on the horizon for Western Harbour?

Harbour Hopes is a creative programme of public engagement that starts a citywide conversation on the future of Western Harbour, the regeneration area centred around Cumberland Basin. It’s an area which holds historic and cultural importance for the whole of Bristol, and offers new opportunities for living, working and playing.

This is the start. It takes a long time for a neighbourhood to evolve, and this exchange will continue over the coming years. We want to hear your hopes, and your insights – whether you visit the area regularly, or rarely come to this part of Bristol. At the city’s heart, Western Harbour should be a place that welcomes people from all backgrounds and all areas. So we’re running events citywide for a wider range of communities and voices to join the conversation.

There are different ways to get involved:

Creative Workshops are taking place at four locations, North, South, East and close to the site, as well as online, to draw out the stories of the area and what it means to Bristol. Working with Bristol-based studio, Play Disrupt, and local community groups, we will develop creative ideas to meet future challenges to feed into a shared vision for this part of the harbour.

Creative Ambassadors have been commissioned to connect Bristol’s talent in photography, film, illustration, and poetry to local people. This will help us understand the character of the area better and bring to life the ideas of many.

Listening Labs are taking place online with local stakeholder groups and communities of interest. They will gather hopes and fears, and help us understand the character of the area with those that know it well.

Interactive Map encourages you to add your hopes and local knowledge in your own time.

Place Labs will be taking place on site with an open invitation to explore placemaking ideas that are important to you, and how these can be interpreted into physical design.

Check out the programme of events and how to get involved here

By exploring the area’s challenges and gathering hopes and creative ideas for the future, this input will inform a ‘place-shaping vision’ for the future of the Western Harbour area. Ideas from residents, stakeholders and the wider city will inform a collective story and a shared place shaping vision, just the start in a long-term evolution of the area.

Bristol City Council is starting a creative conversation to gain consensus to shape a sustainable waterside neighbourhood for people to live, work and play. 40 hectares designed with sustainability and wellbeing being in mind. With Cumberland Basin at its heart this area stretches north, south, east and to Western Harbour where transformation is already underway.