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Port Marine

Portishead, Bristol

Port Marine

Described as an urban village, the first phase of this development comprises 920 dwellings on a 14 hectare (45 acre) site.

Port Marine is situated northwest of Bristol where the River Avon meets the Severn Estuary, with superb views over the Portishead Marina. Previously the site of two power stations, this development illustrates how brownfield sites can be used advantageously.

Phase One of the development provides a series of terraces, crescents, individual houses and apartment blocks, set around communal, and more private open spaces. Different architects were responsible for the various neighbourhoods. Vernacular styles reflect a variety of historic periods, including the Bristol seafaring community’s Netherlands connection.

A large number of house types provide layouts that accurately reflect the period elevational treatments. Living areas are generous, bedrooms are often provided with en-suite bathrooms, and finishes and fittings are all to a high standard.

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Key information

Location

Portishead, Bristol

Region

South West

Awards

2004 winner