The Wellhead

A Bristol businessman with a fascination for historical properties has bought the listed Wellhead building at Finzels Reach, which he plans to restore and transform into a bar and café.

Ian Johnson, who has already transformed the Clifton Observatory into a café with a rooftop terrace and plans to turn the Clifton Rocks Railway into a museum, has bought the building from Cubex and is now busy with plans to create a new chapter in its life.

The Wellhead building sits in a prominent position, right beside the s-shaped Castle Bridge which forms the main thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists going between Finzels Reach and the city centre.

Work was undertaken last year by Cubex, the developers behind Finzels Reach, to sensitively renovate the Wellhead building, which required significant work, including replacing the roof and retaining the original brickwork and fabric of the listed building.

The Wellhead building is part of the emerging new leisure quarter within Finzels Reach, which includes Compressor Building and the ground floor of The Fermentation Buildings, which stretches along Hawkins Lane.