St Michael’s Trading Estate – Bridport 2023-11-22T09:35:53+00:00

Front of the Red Brick Cafe, St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport.

This dramatic image of one of St Michael’s most distinctive buildings – The Red Brick Café – was taken by Trevor Judd of the Pure Image Works. Trevor was one of a dozen photographers from the Dorset branch of the Royal Photographic Society aiming to capture some of the quirkiness of the St Michael’s Estate.

Trevor’s image was later chosen as the photo that best captured that quirkiness and will now be included in an official Society publication later this year.

Blackmore Vale Advert

This colourful ad, which appears in the latest issue of Blackmore Vale magazine, also aims to capture some of that quirkiness but also the diversity of the 92 businesses at St Michael’s.

By | April 9th, 2024|Estate news|

New Building has New Tenants

From the ravages of the 2018 fire, the Edwards Building has a new look and a new lease of life:

More than five years after the major fire that ravaged part of the Edwards Tower Building, the reinstated building is now home to five new businesses with two more to come. And in typical St Michael’s style, the building now houses an eclectic mix of fascinating and varied businesses:

Cheshire & Wain specialises in luxury products for pampered special cats. The first Cheshire & Wain designer cat collar was sold 10 years ago. Owner Sonja says the last decade has flown by like a pigeon being chased by a fast-moving feline. Cheshire & Wain have developed a quality range of cat products, collars, ID Tags, Catnip Toys, cat beds and rugs, all types of bowls and now Louis Wain prints. Plus, a variety of specialised gifts for all cat lovers themselves.

Sonja took the decision to relocate her business from the east end of London to Bridport just over a year ago and is now safely settled at St Michael’s.

Suzanna Hubbard specialises in illustrating books for the young in ink and mixed and digital media. She studied at The City & Guilds of London Art School and her clients now include: Radio Times, Homes & Gardens, Tatler, Food Illustrated, Gardeners World, Penguin, Orion Publishing, Pavilion Books, BBC Radio 4 & Kingfisher. Soon after graduation Suzanna published her first book The Lady Who Lived in a Car which was nominated for an Early Years Book Trust Award.

The Seaweed People The Seaweed People is a small business established to develop seaweed-based skincare and healthy snacks. Co- founded by Léna Feifrlikova and Freddie Hill, who are The Seaweed People, and who aim to shine a light on the healthy properties of seaweed, and how people can benefit from including it in their diet and skincare routine. The seaweed is wild harvested from the Dorset coastline, ensuring sustainable principles are strictly followed to allow for regrowth of harvested material. We source the seaweed from clean waters, so the quality remains high throughout the season.

Paul Blow has worked as graphic designer and editorial illustrator for more than 20 years with clients including The New York Times, Penguin, The Economist, Greenpeace and Pentagram. He also makes available some of his original works through the sale of limited edition signed prints.
His ability to illustrate an article or an editorial viewpoint with vivid and imaginative graphics has been proved time and again with an impressive range of clients.

One of Cheshire & Wain’s pampered cats

By | February 22nd, 2024|Estate news|

What does the future of the St Michael’s Estate look like?

Ariel view of St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport

Well finally as of July 2023 we can at last be confident it will look very much like the aerial impression here; our scheme for the regeneration and development of St Michael’s has just been approved for the third time by the Western area planning committee of Dorset Council.

The long list of plusses for which we have been banging the drum for 15 years has finally been accepted unanimously by councillors:

  • Regeneration which ensures long term social, economic, environmental survival
  • Conserving the historic rope and net making buildings that are the heart of the estate
  • Creation of a riverside walk linking the town through to West Bay
  • New public realm areas benefitting the community through shared spaces and walkways
  • Provision of much needed open market and affordable housing in a riverside setting
  • Delivery of that rare commodity: a mixed-use development on a brownfield site
  • Brand new modern commercial trading units in a traditional setting

All this won’t happen overnight; we still have several planning hoops to jump through and work is not likely to start for two years but there is now clear light at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel.

Architect’s impression courtesy of Ferguson Mann Associates

By | July 18th, 2023|Estate news|

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