Factory No.1, Bedminster, Bristol

Welcome to the Public Consultation pages for Factory No. 1, Bedminster.

Here we will update information relating to the site, our proposals and the application. 

In June 2016 City & Country obtained planning permission and listed building consent to convert the Grade II listed Regent House and Consort House to provide new residential units and also construct new residential blocks on land behind the buildings. The planning permission also includes the construction of four new residential units and ground floor commercial units on land at Lombard Street and alterations to the public realm along Imperial Arcade and Lombard Street.

A revised planning application for 271 residential units at the site was submitted to Bristol City Council in March 2018, which includes a simpler scheme for Consort House that retains more existing fabric than the original scheme. This application has been approved by Bristol City Council following completion of a Section 106 legal agreement.

The display boards and feedback questionnaires for the consultation events that were held in relation to the original planning application can be found under the documents section.

The display boards and feedback questionnaires for the consultation events can be found under the documents section.

  • Medieval Times

    During the medieval period, East Street/Bedminster Parade was the principal route and developed with a medieval burgage plot pattern narrow tenements extending away from the main route frontage.

  • 1800's

    The discovery of coal in the mid 18th Century was the catalyst that transformed the landscape and character of Bedminster. Victorian industrialists were increasingly investing in Bedminster. Wills Tobacco built their large factory (what is now Consort House) on the corner of Bedminster Parade/East Street. Growth in the market was matched by the now almost continuous extension of premises and the opening of the new factory at Bedminster, Bristol on the site of the old St Catherine’s Hospital.

    Consort House was built first between 1884-1886, a 3 storey 19 window range building in the Gothic style. The building is split into two parts, with a 4 storey entrance tower.

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  • 1900's

    Regent House was constructed approximately 12 years later in 1908 after demolishing the buildings on Lombard Street to house Imperial Tobacco offices. Designed in an Edwardian Baroque style, the building is a 4¬ storey 20¬window range, with a corner entrance and drum dome above. Sometime between 1905 and 1918 the Bright Bow Cottages on East Street were demolished to facilitate the expansion of the Tobacco Factory.

    Regent and Consort House formed part of the Imperial Tobacco Company (known for its Woodbine brand). Both were designed by architect Sir Frank Wills, a cousin to the owners of the Tobacco Company. Wills became renowned for his designs across Bristol, including the city museum, art gallery and university buildings. Frank Wills was Lord Mayor of the city between 1910 and 1912 and was recognised for his services to local government.

    Following the decline of the tobacco industry, most of the factory was demolished in 1988 leaving only the facades. Few internal features remained as part of the redevelopment and all internal features were removed from Consort House. There are limited features within Regent House. However, Jacobethan style chimneypieces, panelling and a staircase were reinstated. At this time the ground floor arcade was opened, forming a covered pavement providing ground floor retail units, known as Imperial Arcade.

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  • 2000's

    In 2014 City & Country purchased both Consort and Regent House and renamed the site Factory No.1.

  • 2016

    City & Country achieved planning permission to convert Regent House and Consort House to residential units and to construct new residential blocks, in total the permission provides 247 residential properties. This also includes the construction of four new residential units and ground floor commercial units on the land at Lombard Street, and alterations to the public realm along Bedminster Parade and Lombard Street.


First Consultation Boards

First Consultation - Feedback Questionnaire

Second Consultation Boards

Second Consultation - Feedback Questionnaire