Bristol Urban Beach

Key Facts:

Project summary: A beach was created for 6 weeks with trader stands and facilities to hire deck chairs and play equipment. Location: Redcliffe Wharf, Bristol Programme: Beach, buying food and drink, deck chair hire, daytime workshops, board meeting space Initiator: Individual through Demos Project Duration: 6 weeks (August 2007) Lead in Time: 9 months Site Area: 6400m2 project build site Client Team: Bristol City Council (BCC) Project Team: DEMOS, Architecture 00:/, muf Architects, NEST Building, Skanska, Arup. Funding Sources: Total: £120,000 South West of England Regional Development Agency Bristol City Council (BCC) Hewlett Packard Converging Worlds Funding Type: Grant Project Costs (Build): Unknown Project Costs (Operation): Unknown Profitability/Loss: Food/ Drink and deck chair hire turnover of £122, 000 Permissions / Permits: Permission to use site from Bristol City Council, Temporary Event Licence Local Links: Café food supplied by Bar Wars, Bordeaux Quay, Richmond Events, Community Waste, Pieminister, Bristol wireless. Publicity/advertising: BLOG, GWR, Bristol Evening Post, Proteus

Project Evaluation:

Site Details & Ownership: The wharf is owned by Bristol City Council. Site accessible by vehicles from Eastway for deliveries, pedestrian access primarily via canal towpath owned separately by British Waterways. Project Reach / Visitors / Target Audience: Aimed at engaging the local community through the beach, drinks, food and events. It attracted a total of approximately 65,000 visitors. Problems Encountered / Overcome: Standard planning submission, flood risk assessment, licensing, health and safety and insurances were time consuming. Feedback from users / staff: “It’s a neighbourhood social club.” Male, 60s. “It’s original and a bit surreal.” Male, 40s “I wish it were here all year round.” Female, 30s What next? The site of Redcliffe Wharf remains as car parking. Sand was reused within the construction industry Complementary Programmes: N/A Project Website / Further Info: http://www.demos.co.uk/projects/bristolurbanbeach