Update on future of iconic Bristol Harbourside building after it was sold for redevelopment

An aerial image of what Canons House will look like after completion.
-Credit: (Image: Page Architects)


A “landmark” building within the Bristol Harbourside is set to be modernised and remain as office space. Canons House, which was formerly owned by Lloyds Bank for three decades, was sold to real estate firm Longstock Capital and investment firm Mactaggart Family & Partners last year.

Now the new owners of the two connected buildings, also known as the ‘doughnut’ and the ‘banana’, have unveiled plans to keep the former bank as office space whilst turning it into “one of the best office buildings in Bristol”. The building will be fitted with a new low-carbon retrofit and will allow for multiple tenants to be housed.

The new proposals focus on smaller changes including additions and alterations to bring the building “into the 21st century” without major changes to the historic building. Grade A office space will be developed with additional rooftop space.

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The loading bay would become a new retail space which opens up onto public space.
The loading bay would become a new retail space which opens up onto public space. -Credit:Longstock Capital/Mactaggart Family and Partners

As part of the proposals, new retail units will be created on the ground floor and public spaces will be developed. The existing load bay would become a retail space and the existing canteen would also be a retail space which would open out onto public space.

Roof space will be better utilised according to the new plans, which indicates that rooftop extensions will be put into place which will create access to rooftop gardens. The building will also be powered by renewable energy “wherever possible”.

The owners, Longstock Capital and Mactaggart Family & Partners, said: “Our proposals seek to build on the existing high-quality design of the existing buildings and will fully celebrate the qualities of the existing buildings with no fundamental changes beyond additions and alterations to bring them into the 21st century.”

Canons House was one of the first buildings developed as part of the original Harbourside regeneration.
Canons House was one of the first buildings developed as part of the original Harbourside regeneration. -Credit:The Historic England Archive, Hi

Canons House, which was built between 1988 and 1991, was one of the first buildings developed as part of regenerative efforts in the Harbourside. It replaced tobacco warehouses which had been on the site since the 1920s.

An in-person event is being held tomorrow for the public to meet the team behind the redevelopment and have their say. It is located at The Harbourside Pavilion from 2pm to 7pm. Following this, it is expected a planning application will be submitted to Bristol City Council next month.

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