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Developer plays down Thekla fears

6 December 2017

THE DEVELOPER behind plans to build new flats close to Bristol’s Thekla (cap. 400), potentially threatening the venue with noise complaints from new residents, has reassured owner DHP Family that steps will be taken to mitigate the potential risk.

Bristol City Council approved an application to build 36 flats, restaurants, shops and a five-storey office block at Redcliffe Wharf, despite objections from DHP that the development could potentially result in the closure of Thekla, a former cargo boat moored in a dock.

DHP also claimed Complex Development Projects (CPD) had not carried out an adequate sound assessment and would therefore not install sufficient soundproofing.

George Akins

“They [CDP] didn’t do any significant testing prior to the meeting and we don’t even know if the venue was open when they did an assessment,” DHP director George Akins.

“There are so many different variables that need to be tested, whether it’s a base night, gig and the ambient noise.”

As part of the conditions for the approval of the project, it was agreed a more comprehensive sound assessment would be carried out and appropriate soundproofing measures installed.

“We want to work closely with Thekla and were disappointed that they didn’t raise their concerns with us directly,” CDP’s Dan Bramwell tells LIVE UK.

“There is a lot of noise generated around the development site, so the flats will be soundproofed to a high level. We believe we can address all the issues raised by Thekla.”

Akins says DHP is in contact with the developer, but no date has been set for the new sound assessment. Work on the project is due to start next summer.

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