Narrow Quay Markets

2 (6) 1 (4) 3 (5)Narrow Quay Markets: Stage 2, Bristol (United Kingdom) 2015

University of the West of England

This ‘live’ project worked closely with the owners of No.1 Harbourside and the Harbourside Market group to establish a design proposal for the expansion of the existing Harbourside market. The market, at present, is located along the Bristol City Waterfront and turns the corner to occupy cascading steps. The owners of the Harbourside Market have aspirations to expand the market so that a loop route is created. They intend on doing this by  populating an area of Narrow Quay, allowing people to utilise Pero’s Bridge in order to create this ‘looped’ market.

This project evolved from the previous Harbourside Market ‘live’ project where that group of UWE students took a more strategic view of the Narrow Quay site. They evaluated various positions along Narrow Quay and allowed the client to ascertain a preferred location to focus the expansion of the market. This focus would take the form of 3 permanent market stall structures designed with sustainability in mind, these stalls would be in operation 7 days a week. The stalls would provide amenity for local people during the week whilst taking an ‘anchor’ role on the weekends to support the expansion of the temporary market stall traders. These 3 permanent market stall/concession stands would also hopefully encourage people to stay in the locality of the weekend Harbourside Market for a longer period of time. Encouraging people to explore the market whilst promoting a ‘festival-like’ atmosphere, adding to the wider regeneration of Narrow Quay.

Throughout the design process the group of UWE MArch students worked closely with the clients and presented developed design information to the wider community of Narrow Quay in order to resolve the proposal and gauge community support for the project.

The project’s aim was to develop and finalise the client’s initial brief in addition to eventually presenting finalised design information to Bristol Planning Authority in order to gain planning approval for the scheme. The aspiration is to build the 3 permanent structures in the summer of 2015, in line with Bristol’s status as Green Capital. The construction period could involve more students studying in Bristol who have an interest in construction/built environment whilst utilising the expertise of local craftsmen who would support and oversee the build.

Client: James Dingle, James Coomber, Jamie Pike, Shankari Raj Edgar, The Harbourside Market Group and local community.

Students: Dan Basey, Sam Chant, Lee Goddard, Sarah Gyde, Vera Kostic, Anita White

Research Question: How can we design a concession stand where the construction is simple enough to be self-built yet is attractive, low budget and optimises its use of local resources and passive environmental systems to become an exemplar design for other temporary, small-scale structures?

Links: Hands-On Bristol


Architecture, Initiated by institution, 0-10, Months, Self-funded, Postgraduate, Propositional, Collaboration, Curricular, Students with tutor, Bristol, West of England Univ.