The £175 million scheme could create more 2,000 new jobs in the construction phase and once the development is complete.
In plans submitted by Cushman & Wakefield and drawn up by Woods Bagot, developer First Base is seeking permission to transform the Soapworks site, including the former Gardiner Haskins warehouse, in Old Market, with a mixed-use development, adjacent to the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
The applicant is seeking planning permission for a development to include build-to-rent residential accommodation, offices and employment floorspace, and ground floor commercial space, along with a significant element of new public realm. The project includes two new buildings and a restoration of the grade II-listed Soapworks building. The application is designed to accommodate some flexibility in the floorspace, to allow part of the residential element to be used as an aparthotel.
A new 20-storey tower forms part of the proposal which, according to a planning report would be transformative of the character of the area given its scale.
Lucinda Mitchell, project director at First Base, said: "We are delighted that our plans to bring the Soapwork’s back to life have been recommended for approval. Our proposals will create new jobs, homes and community amenities, supporting Bristol’s inclusive and sustainable recovery. I’d like to thank the local community for their support and for helping us shape these plans."