Central Bristol: BS1
Figure ground map
Our site sits on the western edge of St Phillips Marsh, an inner-city suburb of south-east Bristol struggling to recover from post industrial decline. It is framed on three sides by water; the river Avon to the west and south and a feeder canal to the north. The photo below shows a typically industrial vernacular of low-rise pitched roofs. On the horizon there is evidence of the downfall of the site, modernisms answer to contemporary living, high rise residential units that replaced the traditional terraced houses that once lined the streets of St Phillips. Once bustling with a people and full of the sights and sounds of industry the site is now quiet, in a slow state of decay, one of the only forms of life is the gradual relentless growth of nature as it attempts to take back the site. A 'dirty old town', I have drawn parallels between it and that of Salford, once a great provider, it too fell into decline at the loss of its industries.