Model provides first glimpse of plans for former Gardiner Haskins Building

Images of a dolls’ house-like model have been revealed to provide a glimpse of what the former Gardiner Haskings building could look like in the future.

In June, London-based firm First Base announced details of £175m plans for the 2.25-acre site of the historic Soapworks property, which they say will revitalise the area near Temple Meads.

Now, images of a 3D model show how the building would be used following renovation work. First Base says it intends to create “modern, flexible and creative commercial and co-working space, as well as a vibrant and independent food and drink offer”.

The company has carried out an initial consultation on the mixed-use scheme that is set to include new homes, offices, an ‘apart-hotel’ and cafes and restaurants, and restoration of the historic red brick building.

Lucinda Mitchell, project director at First Base, said: “From the outset we have sought to deliver a hugely exciting and inclusive mix of spaces for people to work, live and play. We want to create new experiences for the wider public to come together, by providing new opportunities for a food hall, creative spaces for new crafts, artisans and independent traders, in addition to cocktail bars and organic cafes.
“We expect the revitalised Soapworks building to become the beating social heart of this new district, providing an inclusive amenity to local people, as well as attracting visitors from across Bristol.”

Julian Cross, principal architect at Woods Bagot, said: “As someone who grew up in Bristol, I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to help renovate and sensitively restore the Soapworks building.
“We are focused on bringing this iconic asset back into full public use for everyone to enjoy, for the first time in a long time, providing spaces for local artisan makers and potentially a food hall; creating a modern vibrant and inclusive place to work and play.”