Spring 2010 - Shipshape Magazine Bristol


Spring 2010 - Shipshape Magazine Bristol


spring 2010



Local author James Russell

Destination Bristol’s Zoe Swindell


the very best of

bristol’s historiC



A new museum for Bristol

Cumberland Basin lock gates



Eurydice at Bristol Old Vic

Gastronomic treats at Glassboat

istol international classical

season spring 2010

saturday 27 march bristol choral society bach: st john passion a

glorious and dramatic re-telling of christ’s betrayal, arrest, trail and

crucifixion thursday 22 april bournemouth symphony orchestra tasmin

little plays bruch’s scottish fantasy alongside sibelius symphony no 5

tuesday 11 may moscow state symphony orchestra a russian feast

with rachmaninov, shostakovich and borodin

box office +44 (0)117 922 3686 www.colstonhall.org



... to Shipshape, the brand new magazine

celebrating the best of Bristol’s historic

harbourside. With its wealth of restaurants,

galleries, entertainment venues and

historical landmarks, this growing cultural

quarter has fast become a must-visit

destination for Bristol’s residents and

visitors alike. And since we love the area

as much as you do, we thought it deserved

its very own magazine. Leaf through these

pages to learn more about the characters

and buildings that have helped make the

city what it is today and find out all you

need to know about the latest events along

the waterside. We’ve also launched a new

complementary website, so go for a browse,

join in the debates or simply say hello at



News & events 4

The hottest tickets over the coming months

I ❤ harbourside 6

An interview with Destination Bristol’s Zoe Swindell

In with the new 8

What’s in store at the M-Shed

Getting around 12

Harbourside map & ferry guide

Lock, dock and barrel 15

BAM Nuttall’s Matt Ewing on Bristol’s new lock gates

Urban retreat 17

Lounging, luxury and lunch at Clifton’s Lido

Harbourside directory 18

The very best of the waterside

10 things you never knew… 22

… about the Harbourside





page 8

Clockwise from left:

Eat chocolate at Glassboat, page

5; Amy Macdonald lights up the

Colston Hall, page 5; M-Shed’s

colourful hoardings, page 8;

Redcliffe Press’s latest publication,

page 5; BAM Nuttall breathes new

life into Cumberland Basin, p15;

Shipshape Magazine Issue 1, spring. Shipshape is published by The Group of Seven

Editorial, design and production: thegroupofseven.co.uk. Advertising enquiries: Paul Kurnyta – paul@thelocalmarketingbusiness.co.uk / 07791 763987

Want to get involved in future issues of Shipshape magazine? Drop us a line on 01225 448891 or email us on info@shipshapebristol.co.uk

Disclaimer The information contained in this publication is provided as a general guide only. While every care is taken to ensure that the details are as accurate as possible, we make no warranty or representation, express or implied, about the accuracy or

completeness of the information contained in this publication. The views or opinions expressed in this publication are strictly those of the authors. The publishers and/or any of its associated companies or business partners accept no responsibility for damage or

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arts and events



Bristol Old Vic, 13-17 Apr, £12/£15


The New York Times called celebrated American

playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice “devastatingly

lovely – and just plain devastating”. Eurydice is in love

with Orpheus but when she receives a letter from

her dead father on her wedding day, she falls down a

flight of stairs and wakes up in the underworld with

absolutely no memory. Will she ever make it back to

her husband in the land of the living? The European

premiere comes from the folks behind the awardwinning

hit The Brothers Size.

MUSIC Spend an evenIng wITh The arTIST whoM elTon John

affeCTIonaTely referS To aS “The greaTeST SongwrITer on The planeT”.

rUfUS waInwrIghT, ColSTon hall, 23 aprIl, ColSTonhall.org


The Tempest

Tobacco Factory Theatre,

25 Mar-1 May, £12-£20, sattf.org.uk

The award-winning Shakespeare at the

Tobacco Factory (SATTF) celebrates its

11th year with “a season of Shakespearean

magic”, a brace of plays that explore love,

loss, humanity and the nature of theatre. If

you’ve picked up this magazine early, you

may still have time to catch A Midsummer

Night’s Dream, which runs until 20 March.

However, we’re booking our tickets for the

Bard’s last major play, The Tempest. Having

been ousted by his brother and cast adrift on

the ocean with his infant daughter, Prospero

(Ian Barritt) finds himself master of an

island, luring his enemies using a tempest

which causes their ships to run aground

on his shore.

Pic: Alex lAke


Blop: BrISTol’S

lIve open


arnolfini, 27 – 28 Mar,

£10/£12, arnolfini.org.uk

new and established UKbased

live-art practitioners

showcase their work. Taking

place throughout the building,

the weekend will consist of

live art, experimental theatre,

installation, durational

performance, film and video,

digital practices, performance

writing and socio-political





welsh Back, Bristol,

0117 929 0704,


Scrumptious treats await you

down on welsh Back this

april as glassboat follow

up their successful Cheese

fest with a month’s worth

of food-related events.

first up is love Chocolate on

4 april, which, as the name

suggests, celebrates the sweet

treat in all its forms. on 13

april Trethowan’s dairy and

great western wine co-host

a delicious wine and cheese

evening before glassboat

serves up proper British grub

to celebrate St george’s day

on 23 april (£35 for four

courses and coffee).




Colston hall, 3 apr, £20.50,


following the success of her

debut album This Is The life,

which went to number one in

five countries and shifted over

three million copies, amy

Macdonald returns with her

second offering, a Curious

Thing. as part of her UK

tour, the 22-year-old Scottish

singer-songwriter calls into

Colston hall to showcase her

new material.




A Journey into the

Heart of Bristol

by James Russell with photography by Stephen Morris

To describe writer James Russell as having conducted

a long-term affair with Bristol’s harbourside would

be an understatement. “You can clearly see the layers

of history going back through the centuries,” he says.

“If you stand in the middle of the centre and use a

bit of imagination, you can easily picture it in the

Middle Ages, when Bristol had the most up-to-date

port in England. There are details all around the

streets nearby, from the plaster crest on the wall of

the Merchant’s Almshouse on King Street to the

iron mooring posts around the docks, each with its

maker’s name or initials on the top. You can walk

behind the ss Great Britain and look down into the

dry dock used by David Abels for boatbuilding - it’s

been there since about 1820, surviving Nazi bombs

and the city council’s determined efforts to wreck the

harbour back in the 1970s.”

If such lyrical detail whets your appetite for

rediscovering an area of Bristol that you may think

you’re already familiar with, James’s new book is

guaranteed to set your heart a-fluttering.

‘Discovering Harbourside: A Journey into the

Heart of Bristol’ hits the

shelves in May 2010. The

book’s publisher John Sansom

- producer of over 200 books

about Bristol, a recipient of

the 2008 Lord Mayor’s Medal for Services to

the City and a man described in the local press

as ‘a civic treasure’ - shares James’s enthusiasm

for the glorious waterfront at the heart of a

thriving contemporary city.

“The docks are where Bristol came from, but

I love the way the area has been reinvented for

everyone,” says John. “There’s a cosy, small-scale

feel to the area that sets it apart from similar

regeneration schemes - a wonderful mix of

recreation, housing and small-scale industry.”

The idea for the book came about during James’s

many walking and cycling trips around the docks. “I

would stop and watch the boat builders working on

Redcliffe Wharf,” he recalls. “Boats have been built in

Bristol for over a thousand years; I love the idea that

people have lived and worked in the same place for

so long. I started looking more closely at the places I

passed every day and reading old books about the port.

When I started writing about the area, I tried to make

the book reflect my own experiences - it’s a series of

small but fascinating journeys of discovery.”

For John, his favourite

‘discoveries’ around the

harbourside already include

riverstation (“preferably at a table

facing Phoenix Wharf and St Mary

Redcliffe, with the sun glinting on

the water”) and the Museum of

Bristol, especially at night.

So where would James’s personal

harbourside hotspot be? “Outside the Nova

Scotia on a sunny day, watching the old boys

tinker about on their boats with a pint of

Thatchers in my hand!” he says. Might we

suggest that if you follow in either James’s

or John’s footsteps, you take a copy of their

book with you? (Juliette Phillips)

More ‘Discovering Harbourside: A Journey into

the Heart of Bristol’ by James Russell, published

May 2010 by Redcliffe Press (£14.99).

Visit www.redcliffepress.co.uk for further information

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All picS (except Zoe): tHegroupofSeven.co.uk


i ❤


shipshape talks to Zoe Swindell, Harbourside project manager for Destination

Bristol, about what makes the city unique and what 2010 has in store

Tell us a little bit about your role

I’m the Harbourside project manager for

Destination Bristol, an organisation that exists

to promote and raise the profile of the Bristol

city region as a world-class place to visit, study,

play, work and live. My role is focused on

delivering improvements around the harbour,

making it an even better place for local people

and visitors to explore and enjoy.

What do you think makes Bristol such a

great destination?

There’s a strong sense of history and heritage

and a great choice of places to visit, stay, eat

and shop. Attractions such as Brunel’s ss Great

Britain, Bristol Zoo Gardens, At-Bristol and Blue

Reef Aquarium are second to none, and cover all

ages and interests. The city plays host to a wide

range of excellent festivals and outdoor events;

the Balloon Fiesta and the Harbour Festival are

internationally recognised. Shopping, whether

you’re looking for independent stores or the

high street, is also excellent.

What does Bristol have that other cities don’t?

Bristol’s unique position means that it has

beautiful countryside and coastline on its

doorstep, and a cosmopolitan feel without

being claustrophobic. Where else can you catch

a ferry from the train station to go shopping?

We also have a fantastic brand new Tourist

Information Centre, located on Harbourside,

next to Watershed Media Centre, offering

a wide range of information and advice to

tourists and residents to help them make

the most of Bristol.

Do you think the Cabot Circus

redevelopment has attracted

more interest in the city?

Most definitely. Before Cabot

Circus opened, Bristol used to

lag behind Cardiff, Bath and

Birmingham in the shopping

stakes. Now we have fantastic

shopping to suit all tastes and budgets. It has

shown people what good regeneration can look

like and given the city something to feel proud

of. It has also created momentum to improve

other areas in the city. This has certainly helped

with what Destination Bristol is hoping to

achieve on Harbourside. We’re surrounded by a

lot of energy and some great ideas.

And what about the Harbourside


The area around Bristol’s Floating Harbour

is a fantastic stretch of public realm. We’re

so lucky to have the water on our doorstep.

The opening of the new Museum of Bristol,

M-Shed, in spring 2011 will be a hugely exciting

development that will really put the area on

the map and complement the existing cultural

attractions such as the Arnolfini, Spike Island

arts centre and Brunel’s ss Great Britain. I

hope that in the next 12 months people will

come down and take a fresh look at the city’s

waterfront in the same way that they have done

with Broadmead and Cabot Circus.

The coming year is looking pretty packed:

what events are you most looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to this year’s Wine and

Food Fair (2-4 July) and the Harbour Festival (30

July-1 August). July will be especially exciting as

At-Bristol will celebrate its 10th anniversary and

Brunel’s ss Great Britain will celebrate the 40th

anniversary of the ship’s return to Bristol, so you

can expect a bumper month of fun.

Is there anything else new on the

calendar for 2010?

In addition to July’s anniversary celebrations,

September will see the Brunel Institute

open its doors. This means a worldclass

specialist library and the Brunel

archive will be accessible to all. Also,

on 24 September Ashton Court will

host the start of the Gordon Bennett

2010 International Gas Balloon Race –

the oldest and most

prestigious aeronautical

race in the world!

Bristol is renowned

for being a green city:

is this important to


It is increasingly important, yes. Bristol is a

Fairtrade City, the UK’s first Cycling City and the

only UK city nominated for The European Green

Capital Award 2010/11. These credentials, along

with over 450 parks and green spaces, make it

easy to see why Bristol has earned its status as a

Green Capital. We have a whole section of the

Visit Bristol website dedicated to green places

to visit, eat and stay, and Destination Bristol

is constantly looking to expand, develop and

promote a greener tourism agenda.

What do you particularly love about the city?

I love the mix of water, city hustle and bustle,

and green open spaces. For food, I love the

laid-back vibe and view of the water at the

Olive Shed, the Grain Barge and Spyglass. For

romantic dining, it has to be Brasserie Blanc or

the Glassboat. For cake and coffee, the Arnolfini

Cafe Bar. Browns is an old favourite – it’s such

a beautiful building and great for lazy lunches

and early evening cocktails. For drinks, I also like

the Watershed Cafe Bar and The Mall in Clifton

Village. As for landmarks, I love the coloured

terraces of Cliftonwood and Totterdown, the

Suspension Bridge and the Wills Building when

it’s lit up at night. I also love the ‘old world’ feel

of Queen Square, where Destination Bristol is

based. Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods are

two of my favourite walking spots.

And finally…

If you’ve not taken a tour of Bristol by boat, then

do so this summer – you really do get an amazing

and totally different view of the city.

More visitbristol.co.uk / 0333 321 0101

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“The opening of the

new Museum of

Bristol will be a hugely

exciting development

that will really put the

area on the map”

Zoe Swindell

Clockwise: Skipper Rob

Salvidge works on the

Matthew; the Floating

Harbour; Underfall Yard;

workers on the waterside.


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In w


After Banksy’s blockbuster exhibition last year,

Main pic: an artist’s

are museums finally cool? asks Laura Dixon

impression of M-Shed’s new


I’m not sure what I think about museums.

On the one hand, I love things to do. Once

my out-of-town friends have been to the

Suspension Bridge, the Arnolfini and

Ashton Court, I’m not sure exactly what to

show them of Bristol. So the new M-Shed

museum, opening next spring, could be a

great solution. On the other hand, I find

local history really boring. Last year’s Banksy

exhibition did some really great things for

the City Museum, but really, underneath it

all, wasn’t the excitement all about the fact

that he’d broken all the rules and brought

anarchy to a dry and dusty establishment?

That act of rebellion was right up my street

but I’m not sure I’d go back to check out the

geological exhibits I missed.

I was thinking about this when I started

investigating what’s going on at Princes

Wharf. The former Industrial Museum

building, on the railway tracks across the

bridge from the Arnolfini, has had a fullscale

£26.5m revamp dedicated to creating

a museum all about Bristol. My heart sank

a bit – what on earth is all that money going

on? And when I heard that the old bus that

was in the Industrial Museum was to play

a key part in the new M-Shed, it sank even

further. Hardly a revolution, I thought. But

that’s before I knew the full picture.

“It’s a really innovative project,”

explains Lucie Edmonds, exhibition

interpreter at Event Communications.

The exhibition design company was

tasked with the role of creating the

displays inside and certainly has

the credentials to pull it off, having

previously been contracted to work for

the V&A, Natural History Museum and

many other world-class galleries. “The

challenge is to make it more than a local

history museum, and with its strong

focus on community, it’s really unusual.

The content, for a start, is open-ended

and we’re using iconic items from around

the city but reinterpreting them, so you

can experience what it was like at great

moments of history in the city and find

out about its people.”

Once the dust has cleared from the

renovation work in the next month,

the former 1950s transit shed will be

unveiling its new look. Already above

the graffitied hoardings you can see

repointed brickwork, newly painted

sliding doors and some stunning floor

to ceiling windows. These are a key part

of the design, according to Rebecca

Burton, deputy head of Bristol Museums,

Galleries and Archives.

ground-floor Place Gallery.

Inset: Samuel Colman’s

St James’s Fair, Bristol, 1824


Continued on page ten

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PiCs: BristoL City CounCiL


“What strikes you most is the amazing

picture frame views of Bristol,” she says. “You

can’t get them anywhere else. We’ve also got

some real feature spaces in the museum: the

galleries are large, the foyer areas are huge

and there’s a real sense of arrival. We’ve got

hanging cantilevered staircases built by a local

engineering company in Taunton and the

views are a huge part of it. They provide an

interesting context set against the exhibits.”

The museum is set on three floors,

with three permanent exhibition spaces,

a cafe, the obligatory museum shop and

an event space at the top. The first gallery,

on the ground floor, is about Place. It will

include the old Lodekka bus from the

Industrial Museum, reinterpreted by Event

Communications to explore Bristolians’

journeys around the city, as well as a 19th

century fire engine and models of ships.

“It’s more than transport,” says Lucie, “it’s

about people and how they interacted with

their landscape. This gallery is about place

and physical Bristol, and how people have

overcome the city’s hills and rivers to get


Upstairs in the second gallery, the focus

is on People. “It includes the famous people

who lived and worked in Bristol, from Brunel

to Banksy,” says Rebecca, ”but also the

ordinary people and their roles in Bristol’s key

industries, such as the tobacco industry.”

If you’re as bored as I am with celebrity

culture, don’t worry. This gallery isn’t a

celebration of the people we already know

everything about – it’s more about how

Bristol’s people have touched the wider world,

in all its aspects, from trading to travel and

transatlantic slavery. They haven’t shied

away from the big issues, and lessons were

learned from the Commonwealth and Empire

Museum’s recent slavery exhibition, as well as

community consultation, to make sure that

such a sensitive issue was handled correctly.

The final gallery is called Living Bristol

and is all about social lives in the city. In

this PiC, ABove AnD fAr right: BristoL City CounCiL

“We’ve got hanging


staircases ... and

the views are a

huge part of it.

They provide an

interesting context

set against the


Rebecca Burton

the past year, the museum has called out

to the wider public for contributions to

help illustrate what life was like in the

1930s, 1950s and 1980s, and these rich

contributions form part of this exhibition,

from winkle pickers and teddy-boy suits to

magazines and interior design. Key events

like the last flight of Concorde, living

through the Blitz and the Beatles playing

at Colston Hall form part of the experience

– you’ll be able to join the crowd as the

historic events happen.

What feels particularly exciting about the

project is the creation of a living museum.

At several points through the building,

visitors will be able to contribute their ideas

and experiences of the city, either on paper

or via computer terminals to be stored in the

archives for use at a later date. The museum

won’t feel dried out and dusty, full of

exhibits you’ve seen before, but instead will

retain a vibrancy and relevance for all of us,

whether locals or visitors to the city.

And talking of locals, it would be remiss

of me not to mention the local media’s views

on the subject. Over the past few years,

there has been an enormous amount of

vitriol spewed about the new museum, how

it’s wasting money on nonsense, a project

doomed to failure and a burden on our

future tax bills. (For the record, the museum

didn’t spend any money on creating the

name M-Shed – it paid a company to test the

name with community groups and get their

approval, which sounds fair enough.)

I’m not sure what’s to be gained from

knocking a project that seeks to celebrate

the many ways in which Bristol has changed

the world. And with such a wide-ranging

remit, from the Romans to the Bristol

Sound, it’s got enough sources of civic

pride to impress anyone, even local history

snobs like me. The real shame about this

museum is not that it’s cost £26.5m but that

we didn’t have a way of celebrating our city

and its people already.

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this PiC, Bottom Left, AnD ABove: thegrouPofseven.Co.uk

Clockwise: the harbourside’s cranes

at sunset; hanging cantilevered

staircases; M-Shed’s graffitied

facade; Bristol Lodekka doubledecker

bus; rovers’ League Cup

clash with Manchester united

M-Shed In



0.3 ha Total site area, including the cafe

and public space beside the building ...

3 number of permanent galleries: People,

Place and Living Bristol ... 8 The original

number of cranes along this harbourside.

Four reconditioned cranes remain as

part of the museum ... 93 number of

original sliding doors in the building ...

150 number in tonnes of CO 2 saved

per year by the museum’s eco-friendly

biomass boiler ... 2,000 number of

years of history covered by the museum’s

collection ... 3,000 number of objects

from museum and archive collection that

have been used, some of which have

never been seen before ... 3,000m 2 Total

area taken by permanent and temporary

exhibition spaces ... 5,300 m 2 Total floor

space inside the museum ... 250,000

Anticipated number of visitors per year

... £11.3million Amount contributed from

the heritage Lottery Fund ... £26.5 million

The current cost of creating the museum ...

Spring 2011 date of opening

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harbourside map & ferry guide


around the


if you’re not familiar with the area

(or even if you’re just looking for a little

inspiration), our map will help you plan your

trip and move around the harbourside with

ease. use it to find where you are in relation

to some of the area’s best-loved landmarks,

identify which ferry stops are the most

convenient for your journey and locate some

of this season’s most exciting events

The cottage – local institution


Pump House

(for Suspension Bridge)


nova Scotia

(for CreAte Centre, Lockside

and tobacco Factory)

l The Cottage

The Grain Barge – great beer

Mardyke l

l Marina

l grain Barge

Capricorn Quay


Brunel’s ss Great Britain – award-winning


ss great Britain





VEggiE FayRE

29-30 May, Lloyds Amphitheatre

& Millennium Square

More bristol.ecoveggiefayre.co.uk

BRiSTol winE

& Food FaiR

2-4 July, Lloyds Amphitheatre

& Waterfront Square

More bristolwineandfoodfair.co.uk



31 July-1 August. See next issue for

details on this year’s event.

More bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

Marina l




at-Bristol – family attraction

Hotwells Route

Temple Meads Route

Sightseeing – see panel

twelve Shipshape

Jack’s Brasserie l

l olive Shed

Bordeaux Quay l

Millennium Square

(for At-Bristol and

Blue reef)


bristol Ferry boat Co

Daily service on both the REd (Hotwells) and the BluE

(Temple Meads) routes. REd departures from 10.30 at the city

centre and BluE departures from 10.10 at Temple Meads. Commuter

departures Monday to Friday all year round, starts 07.25.

Our ferries are like a bus (a waterbus even), so use us to jump on and

get to your favourite attraction, cafe, restaurant, pub, place of work

or to enjoy a circular tour enjoying the great sights and sounds of

this amazing historic harbour. There is lots to see: swans, geese, a

whole array of unusual boats of varying shapes and sizes, St Mary

Redcliffe’s spire, Cabot Tower, stunning views towards Ashton Court

and Clifton – a vista feast, in fact! See also our entry on page 18


Prince Street

(for the Louisiana)



(see feature, page 8)

For full details and timetable visit: bristolferry.com

Glassboat – fine dining & spectacular views

City Centre

(for Colston Hall, Cathedral, Park St and main bus routes)


watershed l

Bristol Visitor

information Centre









arnolfini – alfresco hotspot


Mud dock l


The ostrich l



glassboat l


welsh Back

(for Old Vic)



l Bathurst Basin

Bristol Bridge

(for St Nicholas Market)





The apple

Castle Park

(for Cabot Circus, Broadmead)


l Redcliffe Back

The ostrich – arguably Bristol’s best alfresco pint

spyglass – Mediterranean barbecue

harbourside map & ferry guide

bike hire

Following in the tyre tracks of cities like Barcelona,

Amsterdam and Paris, Bristol is now offering a

24-hour bike hire service. the scheme, run by

Hourbike, allows anybody over the age of 12 to rent

bikes from secure racks located throughout the city for

any length of time. register for £10 and you’ll receive

a pin number, which you then tap into a pad and the

bike is released. It’s free for the first 30 minutes and

£1 per hour or part hour after that. Find Hourbike

HUBS at the BrI, Wine Street and At-Bristol

More hourbike.com


City Sightseeing Bristol runs open-top bus tours

of the city, from the historic harbourside, up to

Bristol Zoo in Clifton and beyond. running from

mid-March to the end of October, the tours last

for an hour and a quarter but you can hop on

and off as you please. Harbourside stops

can be found at the CreAte Centre, Baltic

Wharf, Brunel’s ss Great Britain, At-Bristol,

Prince Street and Bristol Bridge

More citysightseeingbristol.co.uk

Temple Bridge l

Temple Quay

(for temple Meads train station)


Look out for

the summer issue

of Shipshape

- available across

the harbourside

from 1 June

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Imogen Stidworthy

Sat 27 Feb – Sun 25 Apr

Otto Zitko

& Louise Bourgeois

Me, Myself and I

Sat 24 Apr – Sun 4 Jul

Caroline Bergvall

& Ciarán Maher

Say Parsley

Sat 8 May – Sun 4 Jul

Exhibition spaces open 11am - 6pm

Tue - Sun & Bank Holiday Mon. Free

Image: Otto Zitko (detail), untitled, 2005,

Acrylic, Installation view: Museum of

Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki,

Photograph (c) Petri Virtanen / Central

Art Archives, Helsinki.

T: 0117 917 2300 / 01




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Lock, dock

& barrel

Words Rebecca Ewing

It wouldn’t take the most observant of you

to notice there have been changes afoot at

Bristol’s Cumberland Basin. Those oversized

cranes, Portakabins, high-vis jackets and hard

hats would be the giveaway. And let’s not

even mention the traffic diversions around

Merchants Road. But don’t expect to see any

expensive flats going up anytime soon: the

work is actually part of a four-year project

that is set to secure the future of the floating

harbour for the next 100 years.

The City Docks Capital Project, which is

being carried out by BAM Nuttall Ltd, is set

to cost around £11m and has been split into

three phases – the first phase being the urgent

task of improving and repairing the dock’s

Victorian lock system.

Work started to take place in October 2008

after Bristol City Council found there was

“significant risk” that the 140-year-old gates

at Junction Lock could fail. If the gates failed

then the water in the floating harbour would

go out with the tide, causing the harbour

walls to collapse and the nearby buildings

and houseboats to go with them – the cost of

such a disaster making the £11m budget look

miniscule in comparison.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this first phase was

quite a challenge for the contractors, as site

manager Matt Ewing explains: “Managing

the interface between new and Victorian

engineering and construction techniques

created a few issues. Installing the new gates

and ensuring they sealed was the biggest

concern – the gates were manufactured in

More bamnuttall.co.uk/bristolharbourgates

It will cost £11m to complete

but the City Docks Capital

Project could well have

saved Bristol from disaster.

Shipshape investigates

magic numbers The original pitch-pine gates were 140 years old and weighed in at 80 tonnes apiece ... The new steel gates were made by a Dutch company

and weigh 50 tonnes each ... The new lock gates arrived on a floating pontoon and took 48 hours to manoeuvre into position ... The total cost of the project is around

£11m ... A commemorative bench was made out of a section of the old gate and presented to Bristol City Council – a feat which is being repeated with a section of the

old flood gates ... 10 staff, six BAM direct operatives, six agency workers and 35 subcontractors currently work onsite ... BAM Nuttall’s workforce is 80 per cent local

Holland and we would only know if they were

right when they were fitted.”

BAM Nuttall had to first manufacture and

install a limpet dam, which allowed them access to

the lock floor while keeping water in the harbour

– this limpet dam allowed the 140-year-old gate

bearings to be replaced with modern equivalents

in situ – before setting to work on the gates.

“The old gates weighed 80 tonnes each and

were virtually rotten,” Matt explains. “We used

a 110-tonne crane on a barge to lift the old gates

out of their hinges and then

manoeuvred the barge into

Cumberland Basin for removal,

which we did via a 500-tonne

crane set up outside the Lockside

restaurant. The new gates [50

tonnes apiece] were much easier

The crane lifts the

specially made limpet

dam into place at Junction

Lock. Below: the gate

bearings were replaced

with modern equivalents

to handle as we knew the

construction and could design lifting points.

Again, we used the mobile crane and floating

crane to slot these into place.”

The new gates were successfully installed in

March 2009 but the work didn’t stop there. Phase

2 of the project – which aims to improve Bristol’s

flood defences through the installation of new

floodgates at Junction Lock and by upgrading

the current operating system at Entrance Lock –

kicked off in September 2009 and, despite some

incredibly inclement conditions, looks set for

a successful finale in summer 2010.

“The weather through the winter

months certainly gave us some problems,”

Matt admits, “but hopefully a good spring

will allow us to maintain the programme

and achieve completion on time.”

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Upcoming events

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April 4 Eat Chocolate Chocoholics delight as

Glassboat hosts a festival of Chocolate on the

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with Trethowan Dairy and Great Western Wine

April 23 St Georges Day An evening of proper

British Grub with music by the Rinky Dinks! £35

for 4 courses and coffee

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Saved from developers

and transformed into an

urbane urban oasis, Clifton’s

Lido is making waves for

Bristol’s sybarites

urban retreat

Down an unassuming side street in Clifton, far

from the madding crowds (and maddening

students), you’ll find a little piece of holistic

heaven. Indeed, if your idea of luxury is enjoying

lazy laps in an alfresco pool followed by a lazy

brunch in a fancy restaurant, you probably

already have Clifton’s Lido on speed dial.

Since opening just over a year ago, the Lido has

fast become the go-to destination for Bristolians

looking for a piece of poolside pampering. But

dig a little deeper and you’ll find a history that’s

as colourful as those cubicle curtains.

The Lido originally opened its doors in 1850,

charging one shilling for entry (including two

towels), and remained in business for the next

100 years. Sometime in the 1930s it became

the first electrically heated pool in the UK, but

by 1990 the Lido had lost its lustre and closed

after allegedly springing a leak.

After enduring over a decade of uncertainty,

along came Bristol’s Glassboat Company

(the team behind the Glassboat and Spyglass

restaurants) who took this dilapidated 19th

century building and, with the help of local

campaigners, saved it from developers,

transforming it into a stylish oasis. Out went

Words Rebecca Ewing

this pic: the low-chlorine,

heated infinity pool. Inset:

delicious treats on offer in the

restaurant and bar

the decaying pool (and with it the plans to turn

the site into flats) and in came tranquil colours,

candy-stripe curtains, a first-class cafe and

restaurant, and a deeply indulgent spa.

The Lido finally reopened for business

in November 2008 – some 18 years after it

last closed its doors – marking a satisfying

and successful end to two years’ painstaking

restoration work bringing this grade II listed

building back to life.

The hard work has paid off: the Lido was

awarded a four-bubble rating from the Good

Spa Guide (the UK’s top independent spa

guide), won the Best Small Renewable Energy

Scheme in the South West England Green

Energy Awards and even made an appearance

on BBC’s The One Show. You, on the other

hand, get to enjoy the low-chlorine, heated

infinity pool, sauna and steam room, restaurant

and poolside bar, and the Lido Spa, which

offers a range of classic, holistic and seasonal

treatments for both sexes (see panel).

Spend a day at the Lido, say the owners,

and you’ll feel as though you’ve been on a

luxury weekend break. Shipshape, for one,

can’t wait to test that theory out.

LIDO swIm & DIne Offer turn tO page 19

super spa

top 5 treatments

the perfect Hawaiian ritual 120 minutes

of pure indulgence. enjoy a black sand

scrub with white ginger before the

Hawaiian lomi lomi massage works out

all the knots ... Kundalini Back massage

Your beautician will blend essential oils

and the ancient techniques of massage

and chakra healing to help balance

your nervous system ... Bio-energising

Body wrap feeling drained? this scrub

followed by a full body wrap helps

revitalise the skin and draw toxins from

the body ... rainforest rejuvenation

facial restorative facial that uses extracts

from the amazonian rainforest to help

remove toxins and encourage natural cell

regeneration ... Lido Classic full Body

massage Keep it simple with this classic

one-hour massage

Lido Restaurant, Spa & Pool, Oakfield

Place, Bristol, BS8 2BJ.

0117 933 9530, spa@lidobristol.com,


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Arts CEntrE

16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

0117 917 2300/01, arnolfini.org.uk

Opening hours: Exhibition Spaces: Tuesday-

Sunday 11am-6pm; Bookshop: Tuesday 11am-

6pm, Wednesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday

11am-7pm; Café bar: Daily from 10am


Anchor Road, BS1 5DB

0845 345 1235, at-bristol.org.uk


V Shed, Canon’s Road, BS1 5UH

0117 906 5550, bordeaux-quay.co.uk

Opening hours: brasserie: open every day;

restaurant: open Tuesday-Sunday, closed


BrIstol FErry

BoAt CompAny

For full details visit: bristolferry.com

Based at the heart of Bristol’s harbourside, in a

fantastic waterside location, Arnolfini is one of

Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary

arts. Arnolfini features a regularly changing

programme, presenting visual art, live art and

performance, dance, music, cinema, poetry

and literature events and a busy interaction

programme of tours and talks. Arnolfini boasts

one of the best arts bookshops in the country

and a stylish, lively café bar featuring an Italian

inspired and children’s menu. Free admission to

the building, exhibitions and café bar.

one of the country’s leading interactive

science centres, At-Bristol boasts over 300

exhibits (from becoming an animator for the

day to building your own flying object), live

shows and a planetarium, in which you can

discover how to spot seasonal constellations

and learn more about the science behind

the stars. Also boasts the 350-seater ImAX

3D cinema and the new £4m Blue reef

Aquarium, which takes you to the “spectacular

‘underwater gardens’ of the mediterranean

and the stunning beauty of tropical waters”.

this classy, spacious food venue is the UK’s

first eco restaurant to achieve a gold rating

under the soil Association’s sustainable

catering scheme. Find a restaurant on the first

floor, a brasserie on the ground floor for more

casual dining, a fantastically well-stocked

bar (with sunday night gigs and a delicious

cocktail list), and a deli and bakery serving

handmade BQ products. Aspiring chefs can

also hone their skills at the cookery school –

visit the website to download the courses on

offer for adults and children.

Daily services travel between temple meads and

the city centre (calling at Cabot Circus) as well

as Hotwells and the city centre on their distinctive

yellow and blue boats. public trips include:

Gorgeous Gorge, Beeses tea Gardens for tea

or BBQs, and Wildlife. their private charters are

very popular for all your events, with birthdays

and booze cruises proving top of the list. Quote

‘shipshape magazine first edition’ and receive a

10% discount off any of their three-hour charters.

For a map of the service – complete with ferry stops

– and more information, turn to pages 12 & 13.

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BrUnEl’s BUttEry

Wapping Wharf, BS1 6DS

0117 929 1696

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm;

Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm

BrUnEl’s ss


Great Western Dockyard, BS1 6TY

0117 926 0680, ssgreatbritain.org

Opening hours: daily (except 24 and 25

December) 10am-4.30pm (to 26 March) or

5.30pm (26 March-31 October)

Colston HAll

Colston Street, BS1 5AR

0117 922 3686, colstonhall.org

Opening hours: Box Office: Monday–Saturday

10am-6pm; H Bar café: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm,

Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm; H Bar Bistro:

Daily 11.30am-3pm and 5-11pm


Welsh Back, BS1 4SB

0117 929 0704, glassboat.co.uk

Opening hours: lunch: Tuesday-Friday

12-2.30pm; dinner: Monday-Saturday

5.30-10.30pm; Sunday brunch: 10am-4pm

situated on the water’s edge between the ss

Great Britain and the new museum of Bristol,

Brunel’s Buttery is something of a Bristol

institution, serving up cheap, cheerful and

very tasty lunches and stomach-filling snacks

to the ravenous hordes. they’re famed for

their chunky bacon sandwiches but you can

customise your buttie by adding sausage, egg,

cheese or mushrooms (or all of the above,

if you’re particularly peckish). there’s also a

selection of cakes and hot drinks for after. take

your food away or eat on the tables outside.

Brunel’s ss Great Britain (the world’s first great

ocean liner) reopened in 2006 after a raft of

improvements and is now an award-winning

visitor attraction. Experience what life was

like on board for some of the people who

travelled on her (complete with sights, sounds

and smells), get up close and personal with the

hull or search for sinbad the ship’s cat. take

advantage of the audio-guide, which will tell

you all you need to know as you make your

way around the ship, from the first-class dining

saloon to the engine room and beyond.

Colston Hall is Bristol’s premier live music venue

hosting a varied and regular programme of rock

and pop, classical, leftfield and comedy events.

In the past year snow patrol, london symphony

orchestra and Grace Jones have all played at the

Hall. In 2009, Colston Hall’s new foyer building

was opened to the public. Built with £20 million

from Bristol City Council and the Arts Council, the

new foyer has improved the customer experience

of visiting the Hall with audiences now able to

enjoy their new café bar, restaurant and interval

bars in light and spacious surroundings.

Well-established and much-loved floating

restaurant that’s been serving Bristol’s foodfanatics

for nearly 25 years and now

boasting an entirely glass aft section.

Beautiful views of Bristol Bridge and beyond,

knowledgeable staff, an extensive wine list

and a locally sourced, seasonal menu can

all be found here. the lower deck can also

be hired out for breakfast, lunch, dinner and

half- or full-day events for up to 40. take

advantage of their Express lunch menu: two

courses for £10 (tuesday to saturday).

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lIDo rEstAUrAnt,

spA & pool

Oakfield Place, BS8 2BJ

0117 933 9530, lidobristol.com

OFFER Book a table in the restaurant before

7pm or after 9pm and enjoy free use of the pool

and facilities before dinner. Just quote ‘shipshape

swim and dine’ when booking on 0117 933

9530. Offer available Monday to Friday

Opening hours: restaurant: 12-3pm and 6.30-

10pm; spa: 7am-10pm; poolside bar: all day


When in Bristol check website for mooring location

0117 927 6868, matthew.co.uk




33 King Street, BS1 4DZ

0117 929 7712, info@renatos.net

Opening hours: Restaurant: 5.30pm-midnight

(Tuesday-Saturday); Bar: 5.30pm-2am



Narrow Quay, BS1 4QF

0117 923 0333, doylecollection.com

Open daily

A 21st century spa, restaurant and alfresco

pool housed in beautifully renovated 19th

century surroundings. the lido originally

opened its doors in 1850 and remained in

business for over 100 years before falling into

disrepair in 1990. the Glassboat Company

saved the building from developers (who

wanted to turn the site into flats) and restored

the buildings to their former gory, reopening in

november 2008. Find a heated, low-chlorine

infinity pool, sauna and steam room, restaurant

and poolside bar, and luxurious spa.

A magnificent replica of a tudor merchant

ship which recreated the Atlantic crossing by

explorer John Cabot. He was searching for a

sailing route to Asia but ended up “discovering”

newfoundland. Get the best views of Bristol

harbour from the deck on one of their regular

public cruises – fish and chip suppers on board

are extremely popular – or you can venture

down the scenic Avon Gorge under the Clifton

suspension Bridge. there are also offshore sailing

opportunities and the ship is available for private

hire – check website for sailing programme.

Charm, atmosphere, hospitality and

gorgeous food have been served up in this

legendary restaurant and pizza bar for the past

40 years. Well known for its warm welcome

and connection with the arts world it has

become a favourite haunt for actors, musicians

and theatre-goers alike, and of course the

many cherished generations of loyal customers.

Complemented by its late night pizza Bar

downstairs (open until 2am), renato’s

taverna strikes a fine balance between

elegance and informality.

the shore Cafe Bar, inspired by Bristol’s heritage,

affords great people-watching opportunities as

you park yourself in front of the big windows

and observe the hustle and bustle of the harbour

outside. Food ranges from a simple bagel and

coffee, to a zesty light luncheon, to a classic

fish and chip supper via olives, wraps, jackets,

charcuterie and more. Boasts an extensive wine

and cocktail list and a good selection of lager

and bottled beer. If you’re looking for something

more formal, the river Grille serves classic

English dishes with a twist.


and dinE


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Welsh Back, BS1 4SB

0117 927 7050, spyglassbristol.co.uk

Opening hours: daily 11am-11pm

st nICHolAs


Corn Street, BS1 1JQ




Raleigh Road, BS3 1TF

0117 902 0344 (theatre)/0117 902 0060

(cafe-bar), tobaccofactory.com

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12-11pm;

Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am; Sunday



1 Canon’s Road, BS1 5TX

0117 927 5100, watershed.co.uk

Opening hours: box office: Monday-Friday

9am-10pm; Saturday & Sunday from 10am

Contemporary 170-seater alfresco-style

restaurant split between a converted barge

and quayside with ample heaters, should the

British weather not be playing ball. serves

simple, tasty, well-priced mediterranean fare,

including a selection of main courses from the

barbecue (average price: £7), salads, tapas

and desserts. Groups of eight or more can

order a party menu, which includes mezze

to share and a choice of mains and desserts.

Also plays host to a range of food-related

events and live music.

spectacular market found in the heart of

the old City. such is the variety on offer

from these local independents, you can drop

in for some lunch, get your shoes fixed, grab

a bag of sweets, buy clothes, browse for

vinyl and more. If you like your food local

and direct from the producers, don’t miss the

perennially popular Farmers’ market every

Wednesday on Corn street and Wine street

(9.30am-2.30pm), selling everything from

fresh meat to fruit and veg, cheese, honey,

bread and fish.

Another Bristol building that was saved from

demolition, this time by famous Bristol architect

George Ferguson who developed the site into a

multi-use building with a staunch independent-only

policy. the tobacco Factory cafe-bar serves up

food (healthy, mediterranean-stye fare), drink and

art exhibitions in tough, industrial surroundings.

the tobacco Factory theatre plays host to a huge

range of shows (including productions by the

renowned shakespeare at the tobacco Factory)

alongside a regular programme of workshops

and events aimed at young people.

promoting creativity, innovation and talent from

a grade II listed building in the heart of Bristol.

Find an extensive cinema programme, digital

media, a variety of events (including Encounters

short Film Festival) and social cafe-bar, serving

organic, seasonal, locally sourced and ethically

produced food. Cinébabies is a weekly

daytime screening specially created for parents

and babies; Dshed is an online showcase of

creative work, commissions, talks, journals and

more. Watershed can also be hired out for

conferences and events.

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and finally

10 things

... you never

knew about the


It plays host to music festivals and

organic food fairs but there’s plenty more

to the waterfront than meets the eye.

Read on to find out 10 fascinating facts

about our favourite part of the city…

The harbour covers

an area of 70 acres

It’s called a floating

harbour as the water

level remains constant

thanks to the installation

of lock gates in the

early 19th century

Bristol Bridge

was originally lined

with houses five

storeys high

1 2 3

4 5


Bristol Harbour

Festival attracts

200,000 annual


The regeneration of the

Canon’s Marsh area is

reported to be costing

around £240m

Clockwise: Bristol

Harbour Festival;

the Matthew;

the River Avon;

Bristol Bridge

8Italian explorer John

Pero’s Bridge, which

Cabot sailed from Bristol

crosses St Augustine’s Reach,

to Newfoundland on the

is named after 9a slave

Matthew in 1497 and is

who lived in the area in

thought to have lived on St

the late 1700s

Nicholas Street. His statue

can be seen outside Arnolfini

The Floating Harbour

was officially opened

on 1 May 1809

The original Anglo-

Saxon settlement of

Brigstowe grew up

between the Rivers

Avon and Frome


Look out for the Summer issue of Shipshape – available from 1 June throughout the Harbourside

The River Frome

was diverted in

the 13th century to

make way for extra

quayside space

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Restaurant, Spa,

Poolside bar.


Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BJ

Reception: 0117 933 9530 Restaurant: 0117 933 9533


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