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Go ahead for new homes and shop on former Argos store in Bedminster, Bristol

15 March 2021
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Bristol-based Developer Firmstone's proposals for new homes and a large retail space to replace the former Argos store on East Street in Bedminster have been approved by Bristol City Council.

The plans will deliver 50 one and two-bedroom apartments and a 400 sq metre newly refurbished retail unit on the ground floor, fronting East Street.

Together with the recently-approved proposals for the comprehensive redevelopment of St Catherine's Place opposite, the scheme will help propel the revival of East Street, bringing new people to live in the area and attracting new retailers.

Designed by Bristol architects Stride Treglown, the scheme on 60-66 East Street consists of three buildings across the former Argos store site and the car park which lies behind it, maximizing the use of this brownfield site for much-needed new homes. The building fronting East Street will be three-storeys high, rising to four and five storeys towards the rear.

Many of the homes will have balconies and all will benefit from sustainable energy provision through individual air-source heat pumps. Around 80 secure cycle parking spaces will be provided and only six car parking spaces, to support sustainable travel and limit car use.

Work is set to start on the development in the next few months.

Commenting on the decision, Francis Firmstone, director of developers Firmstone said:

"The combined impact of the redevelopment of the former Argos store and St Catherine's Place will make a major contribution to the revival of the East Street area and inject significant investment into this part of Bedminster.

"It has taken some time but now we've been given the go-ahead, we're keen to get moving on delivering our plans. We've been developing homes and shops in Bedminster for over 15 years, are very committed to the area and are looking forward to playing our role in creating the next chapter in its regeneration."

CSJ Planning acted for Firmstone as the planning advisors.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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