The green light has been given to plans for Cargo – Bristol’s first ever retail hub made of converted shipping containers – at Wapping Wharf, the city’s new harbourside community.


Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, said: “It has been great to receive such an enthusiastic response to our plans for Cargo. We have been inundated with expressions of interest from across the country, from pop-up street food vendors to fine dining restaurateurs. With 40 retailer enquiries in Cargo alone, we have decided to submit plans for a Cargo 2 to meet this demand.

“Both Cargo and Cargo 2 will be a fantastic addition to Bristol’s vibrant ‘foodie’ scene and fit in perfectly with our community ethos and focus on independent food and drink at the wider Wapping Wharf development.”

The first Cargo site will comprise 10 converted shipping container units of varying sizes and will be located between Gaol Ferry Steps – the new pedestrian walkway connecting south Bristol and the city centre – and Museum Square. Planners gave consent to the project last week, meaning work is expected to start in the coming months with completion expected in early summer.

The aim is to see the space occupied by independent food and drink retailers, in line with the vision for Wapping Wharf, to create a new ‘foodie’ quarter for the city with a strong community focus. Outside decking on the top of Cargo – the second of two levels – will offer sweeping views of Bristol’s beautiful harbourside.

Stuart Hatton added: “It is a hugely exciting time for Wapping Wharf now that people are getting settled into their new homes and retailers are gearing up to open on site. Small Street Espresso will be opening a new cafe at Wapping Wharf soon and there are plenty of other announcements of this kind to come soon – watch this space! We are aiming for an eclectic mix of retailers from pop-up juice bars to florists, barbers to burgers, fine dining to street food.”