Hugh Casson’s Proposals for the In 1969 Bristol City Council proposed filling in the floating docks. SS Great Britain arrived in Bristol in 1970, and later proposals included building a ring road through its dock. Following a local outcry, Casson was appointed – in 1972 – to advise on the redevelopment of the docks and surrounding area. These designs mostly relate to the Castle Park area, where a museum and art gallery were proposed as a frame for the ruined St Peter’s and St Mary’s churches – both damaged on 24 November 1940 in the Bristol Blitz and left in ruined form as a memorial. The latter ruin is the subject of a John Piper painting in The Tate. Post war, the remaining Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings were demolished. Casson’s proposals were enacted in an emasculated form in 1978.