Public engagement programme for Western Harbour launched

Public engagement programme for Western Harbour launched

Bristol citizens can share views on future of city area

15 September 2021

The public engagement programme that will help inform the future of Western Harbour has been launched today (15 September).

The Harbour Hopes creative engagement programme will start a citywide conversation on the future of Western Harbour, the regeneration area centred around Cumberland Basin, to explore people’s hopes and aspirations for the future transformation of the area. 

Activities include: 

  • In-person workshops and an online workshop open to the community in and around Western Harbour, as well the North, Central/East, and South of the city, designed to draw out stories of the area and establish what the area means to people.
  • Local Creative Ambassadors, including City Poet Caleb Parkin, will connect Bristol’s talent in photography, film, illustration, and poetry with local people, to help better understand the character of the area and bring ideas to life. Exploring hopes and fears about the future of Western Harbour, the creative outputs will be shared on a dedicated Harbour Hopes Instagram account. People can follow and share their own harbour hopes using the hashtag #HarbourHopes.  
  • Listening Labs will take place online with invited local stakeholder groups and communities of interest.  They will gather hopes and fears and help those who know the area well to share their views and understanding of the area.
  • An in-person workshop on 25 September at the Riverside Garden Centre. Numbers are limited to ensure participants get the most from the creative session. Those interested can see more and register online.  
  • To explore Western Harbour, people are encouraged to download an audio walking tour that gives an insight into the changing history of the area and may prompt ideas which can then be shared online. The audio tour was created for the recent Bristol Open Doors day. Visit the Open Doors website

To ensure a wide range of people from all across Bristol are able to share their views, a new Harbour Hopes website and Instagram feed has been created. This includes an interactive map, where local people are encouraged to leave comments with their ideas for the future of the area.

The programme of engagement events will also be updated online as the project progresses.

The ideas generated from these varied sessions, feedback on the Harbour Hopes website and on Instagram will be considered in co-created Place Labs in October to develop a place shaping vision for Western Harbour.

Place Labs will be hands-on workshops led by the design teams to determine which placemaking themes are most important to people and explore emerging design principles. The Vision will include ideas and principles for the future of the area.

Once created, this vision will in turn help to shape the brief for a detailed long-term masterplan for the area that will guide change at Western Harbour in the years to come.  Further engagement will take place in 2022 as the masterplan emerges.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:

“As Bristol responds to multiple challenges, including the climate and ecological emergencies, a housing crisis and shifts in how people want to live, work and travel, we have an opportunity to shape Western Harbour so that it meets the city’s priorities and the needs of the local community. We want to hear what is important to people from across Bristol so that we can create a vision for Western Harbour that resonates with the whole city. Harbour Hopes and the programme of events we’ve planned gives the public that opportunity.” 

To find out about up and coming events, and news please visit Harbour Hopes website and follow us on Instagram: @HarbourHopes #HarbourHopes 

Site Map