Harbour Place Shaping Strategy - Have your say

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Throughout the Bristol Harbour Place Shaping Strategy project, Bristol City Council and DK-CM will be working with local people and stakeholders in and around the harbour to understand how the harbour is accessed, or equally why it is not accessed by those who do not use it. There will be in-person events and activities, virtual events and, throughout the process, this website will be updated with new content and new opportunities to engage.


Stage 3 engagement: Place Plans

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Stage 2 engagement which has helped build a collective vision for the harbour’s future.


Our exhibition at the M Shed, 5 - 17 December 2023


In 2024 we will move into Stage 3 engagement to incorporate all our findings into detailed place-by-place delivery plans for how all stakeholders might work toward that Vision. The website will be updated with details about how to get involved in the New Year.

Engagement so far has helped shape the 10 principles that we believe should define the future of Bristol’s Harbour. We have collected feedback in-person at our exhibition in M-Shed, and online on our virtual ideas board. You can view the principles below:

  1. Bristol Harbour will be welcoming to the wider city and accessible to all.

  2. It will play a vital role in delivering upon Bristol’s zero carbon, biodiversity and climate resilience ambitions.

  3. It will be a comfortable, open and safe place for people to spend time.

  4. It will be a vital part of Bristol’s cultural identity, where water uses thrive alongside maritime, industrial and creative businesses and everyday public life.

  5. It will contribute to a child-friendly city by offering a unique playable quayside to local people and to those visiting the harbour as a destination.

  6. It will be a place where creativity, making and culture, including local production and provenance, are celebrated and supported.

  7. It will be financially self-sufficient and sustainable in the long-term.

  8. It will ensure that investment benefits, and connects with, the harbour’s communities and neighbourhoods.

  9. It will be a great place to live, with good quality services and amenities.

  10. It will balance its world-class tourist offer and events programming with the needs of its diverse local communities and neighbourhoods.


The Harbour Atlas

Our work during stage 1 has also helped us develop a Harbour Atlas. The Atlas sets out a detailed picture of Bristol Harbour as it is today. The maps contained describe different aspects of the harbour gathered from a variety of data sets and from knowledge gained ‘on the ground’, and with & from the communities of the Harbour - both existing users and experts and the wider communities who should be benefiting from it.

The evidence and findings here also include summary information from the multiple engagement activities undertaken by DK-CM and the council during Stage 1 of the project, and this engagement has also been used to test, refine and add detail to the mapping shown here.

Throughout the Bristol Harbour Place Shaping Strategy project, Bristol City Council and DK-CM will be working with local people and stakeholders in and around the harbour to understand how the harbour is accessed, or equally why it is not accessed by those who do not use it. There will be in-person events and activities, virtual events and, throughout the process, this website will be updated with new content and new opportunities to engage.


Stage 3 engagement: Place Plans

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Stage 2 engagement which has helped build a collective vision for the harbour’s future.


Our exhibition at the M Shed, 5 - 17 December 2023


In 2024 we will move into Stage 3 engagement to incorporate all our findings into detailed place-by-place delivery plans for how all stakeholders might work toward that Vision. The website will be updated with details about how to get involved in the New Year.

Engagement so far has helped shape the 10 principles that we believe should define the future of Bristol’s Harbour. We have collected feedback in-person at our exhibition in M-Shed, and online on our virtual ideas board. You can view the principles below:

  1. Bristol Harbour will be welcoming to the wider city and accessible to all.

  2. It will play a vital role in delivering upon Bristol’s zero carbon, biodiversity and climate resilience ambitions.

  3. It will be a comfortable, open and safe place for people to spend time.

  4. It will be a vital part of Bristol’s cultural identity, where water uses thrive alongside maritime, industrial and creative businesses and everyday public life.

  5. It will contribute to a child-friendly city by offering a unique playable quayside to local people and to those visiting the harbour as a destination.

  6. It will be a place where creativity, making and culture, including local production and provenance, are celebrated and supported.

  7. It will be financially self-sufficient and sustainable in the long-term.

  8. It will ensure that investment benefits, and connects with, the harbour’s communities and neighbourhoods.

  9. It will be a great place to live, with good quality services and amenities.

  10. It will balance its world-class tourist offer and events programming with the needs of its diverse local communities and neighbourhoods.


The Harbour Atlas

Our work during stage 1 has also helped us develop a Harbour Atlas. The Atlas sets out a detailed picture of Bristol Harbour as it is today. The maps contained describe different aspects of the harbour gathered from a variety of data sets and from knowledge gained ‘on the ground’, and with & from the communities of the Harbour - both existing users and experts and the wider communities who should be benefiting from it.

The evidence and findings here also include summary information from the multiple engagement activities undertaken by DK-CM and the council during Stage 1 of the project, and this engagement has also been used to test, refine and add detail to the mapping shown here.

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