Cargo at Bristol's Wapping Wharf could be expanded as new plans filed

By Robin Murray

A popular food and drink destination in Bristol could be expanded with the addition of four new restaurants.

Owners of Cargo at Wapping Wharf have submitted plans to increase the size of the shipping container development, which could also see new retail units and a gym added.

The planning application submitted by Umberslade would see the arrival of Cargo 3, comprising four units between Nexa and Jubilee House along Museum Street, extending the stretch of independent shops, cafes and restaurants that form Cargo 2.

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Umberslade is also seeking approval from Bristol City Council to extend the temporary planning permission currently in place for Cargo 1 and Cargo 2 for a further five years, providing certainty for businesses and ensuring they can comfortably invest in their future.

Cargo, which supports around 250 to 300 full and part-time jobs in the retail and hospitality sectors, has attracted national and international interest since its launch in 2016.

Wapping Wharf, which has Cargo at its heart, is regularly held up as an exemplar development by the council, local design bodies and the property sector, while Cargo is often used by Visit Bristol to promote the city to a UK and overseas audience.

Some of the top restaurants located at Cargo include Root, Box-E, Tare, Gambas and Woky Ko.

Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, said: "It has been wonderful to see how warmly the city has embraced Cargo since it first landed at Wapping Wharf nearly five years ago.

"From the outset, we have been committed to supporting them in trying out new ideas and concepts, so they can flourish, collaborate and expand, and it has grown into an incredible, unique community of independent businesses with a strong customer base.

"We have seen huge demand from other independent businesses keen to join the development despite the challenges faced by the hospitality and retail sectors during the pandemic, which is testament to the success of Cargo and its community.

"Our plans will also help pave the way for the next phase of Wapping Wharf, which, subject to planning consent, will bring much-needed new homes, offices and an exciting new permanent home for CARGO, the next chapter in its story."

Cargo at Wapping Wharf (JonCraig_Photos)

The announcement comes at an exciting time for Wapping Wharf, as work is under way on the development of Cargo Work, 20,270 sq ft of new office space for up to 230 people.

The private sale homes within phase two of Wapping Wharf meanwhile are now all sold or reserved, with many residents having moved in, while works will begin early next year on 83 affordable homes next to the phase two building known as Abel Yard.

The Sunday Times has cited Wapping Wharf as the ‘best address' on the harbourside in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide for the last two consecutive years, while Cargo won the Bristol Property Awards' Transformation Award in 2019.

Bristol Live will bring you the latest updates on Cargo's expansion plans as soon as we hear them.

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