Paintworks is another part of Bristol’s jigsaw and offers something different.
A lot of fun and thought has been put into the design of each building and it’s a quirky and vibrant place to live.
Paintworks offers a special environment. Children can play safely in pedestrianised streets but with so much going on, residents will feel like they’re living in the city.
Families living here will have the advantage of living in a house with a garden and they’ll benefit from great transport routes and a public realm that’s free of cars.
From day one of the design project, Lead Architect Gary Milliner of Stride Treglown knew there was something special about Paintworks: “The space already had an established, distinctive brand and a certain character to it, which we wanted to build upon. This phase has been about creating more residential spaces, building more cafes and sociable spaces and building bigger commercial units for businesses to grow into. When people move here they might not think about the tiny detail, but we’ve carefully considered the relationship between every building and how they work together. Throughout the entire process our concept has stayed the same and, if anything, the buildings have become even more special than we first imagined. We’ve built on the existing colours and graphics at Paintworks and built a number of new buildings that have their own identity, including a triangular building and a deco building. You’ll never get lost at Paintworks, because on every corner you’ll find something different.”
A standout feature has been the development of a pedestrianised deck, which allows residents to live predominantly car-free: “We took cars out of the equation by building a pedestrianised deck which people can use and enjoy.” Gary adds: “When people visit historic cities, they love exploring streets, looking at buildings and coming outside to a big public square and we’ve achieved that here. You can walk through alleyways, walk by a diverse range of buildings, visit a café or spend time outside in the plaza. There are no dead spaces here. We’ve tried to encourage people to use the scheme and move through it, not just walk to the car park and drive away.”
And with so much variety on offer, there’s something for everyone at Paintworks says Gary: “Some apartments offer views out to Arnos Vale and green space and others have views of the more gritty side of Bristol so there’s lots of character. Residents won’t be confined to their gardens either because there’s always something happening here.”
It's What's On
With 210 houses and apartments,
and 11 live/work units.
With plenty of open plan living space and neutral décor throughout, everything’s been designed with you in mind.
Every home has been finished to the highest standard. You'll find integrated Bosch appliances in the kitchen, Hansgrohe taps in the sleek and stylish bathroom and a floor-to-ceiling sliding full height mirrored wardrobe in the main bedroom.
Secure cycle storage
10 electric vehicle points planned for installation
Undercroft car park creating a predominantly car-free environment
You'll find something different on every corner. Red brick warehouses, loft-style conversions, a deco building...there's so much to explore and every building is bursting with character
Regeneration started in 2006
6,700 m2 of new employment and commercial floor space
The site was used as a Paint Factory for an entire century
Approx. 1 mile from Bristol Meads train station
There are a variety of creative businesses based at Paintworks - from Artists and Sculptors to Filmmakers and Musicians. This eclectic mix of businesses ensures there’s always a buzz in the air and it allows plenty of room for collaboration. Whilst most businesses at Paintworks occupy commercial units, the third phase also incorporates a number of live/work units.