Decision details

Design for Castle Park Depot

Decision Maker: Director: Management of Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This project will establish the options for developing the Castle Park Depot site to a mixed use development to incorporate a Water Source Heat Pump (WSHP) led energy centre combined with residential and/or commercial development.
BCC are installing heat networks across the city in order to support the Mayor’s goal for Bristol to be a carbon neutral city by 2030 and to reduce fuel poverty.
This ‘Castle Park Depot’ energy centre will serve the Old Market Network (OMN). Due to the proximity next to the water this is a critical location for installing a WSHP. The water source heat pump is key to decarbonising the wider heat network critical for city goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.


To contract the following design services covering RIBA stage 0 - 2 for the Castle Park Depot site in central Bristol. This contract will include strategic definition; consider financial viability, strategic option appraisal and preparation of concept design.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 -
Alternative frameworks were considered, the PAGABO framework was selected in liaison with our procurement team and in consideration with the project timeframes.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 08/09/2019

Date of decision: 09/08/2019