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Bristol City Centre Development Site Hits the Market

Soapworks site
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A 2.25 acre development site in the centre of Bristol has been launched to the market. 

The Soapworks has a rich heritage and has been described as ‘one of the most exciting development sites to come to the market in Bristol and the South West for years’.

The site incorporates 165,000 sq ft of existing buildings, including the Grade II listed ‘Gardiners Warehouse’, one of Bristol’s landmark buildings. 

The site is located between Bristol’s business quarter at Temple Quay and the culturally diverse area of Old Market, a short distance from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Gardiners has instructed real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield to sell the freehold interest in the site which is a combination of existing buildings and brownfield land although the majority of the site could be redeveloped.

The original Victorian buildings on the site date back to the 1860s when they were the home of Christopher Thomas & Brothers, manufacturers of soap and candles, before being acquired by the current owner in 1958.

Gardiners announced earlier this year it would be restructuring its business in response to changing retail demands, with a focus on kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms and will be opening a new showroom at the Brunel Rooms, adjacent to the Soapworks, in November 2018.

Andy Heath, Partner from Cushman & Wakefield, said: “The Soapworks is one of the most exciting development and regeneration opportunities within central Bristol and the region. The site has the potential to revitalise a core area of the city and create an iconic, mixed-use scheme incorporating one of Bristol’s most famous landmark buildings.”

Cushman & Wakefield is seeking proposals for the Soapworks by 23 November 2018.

Interested parties should visit: or contact: Andy Heath or James Blundell


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