Western Harbour exhibition to open at Create Centre

Western Harbour exhibition to open at Create Centre

A new exhibition on the future of the Western Harbour area will run from 20 November to 17 December at the Create Centre.

12 November 2021

Young Bristolians take part in a Shape My City session in partnership with Design West © Shape My City/Design West

The interactive exhibition will showcase the comments and ideas that have emerged through the city-wide Western Harbour engagement process.  
Visitors to the Create Centre will be able to view these emerging themes and will be encouraged to continue to share their thoughts as part of the exhibition.

On 20 November, there will be a ‘Visioning Day’, where local people will be invited to workshops to help craft the feedback given so far into Place Principles for Western Harbour. A Place Principle is a rule, guide or goal that is followed when making design propositions for change in an area. 

Visitors who drop into the exhibition will also be invited to help shape these principles, which will be used to guide the next phase of the regeneration project and the future vision for the area.

People are encouraged to visit to find out more and book onto activities taking place on Saturday 20 November. The main exhibition will be open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “The Western Harbour area holds historic and cultural importance for the whole of Bristol, which is why we have engaged with people across the city. It is great to see that so many people have shared their ideas and hopes for the area so far, and I hope they continue to do so as the project progresses.

“We are facing a housing crisis, as well as the ecological and climate emergencies, with limited space to create the homes and jobs Bristol needs. The regeneration of Western Harbour is an opportunity to respond to these crises with a sustainable brownfield location, shaping an inclusive neighbourhood where people can live, work and play.”

Running since September, the programme of engagement activities in Western Harbour and across Bristol has included creative workshops; work with Bristol's artistic and creative talents, including the City Poet, Caleb Parkin; ‘Listening Labs’ with community groups and residents; and walking tours of the area.

A popular interactive map also gave Bristolians the chance to share their hopes for certain areas within Western Harbour. So far, over 500 comments with ideas, hopes and concerns have been left by Bristol’s citizens.

Feedback will help to create a place shaping vision for Western Harbour. Once created, this vision will help the council develop a detailed long-term masterplan that will guide change at Western Harbour in the years to come. Further engagement will take place in 2022 as the masterplan emerges.

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