GVA’s Planning team in Bristol are part of the project team working on plans for the regeneration of a pivotal area in Bristol city centre that will provide a much called-for gateway to the city.
Working with developer Skanska and architects Grimshaw, GVA has submitted a hybrid application to Bristol City Council for the creation of Temple Square, a comprehensive employment-led scheme on a newly created site linking Temple Meads Railway Station and the city centre.
The scheme will comprise three large office buildings totalling around 250,000 sq ft, retail, restaurants and a new public square.
Included in the £90million scheme is Engine Shed 2 containing new start-up incubator and co-working space, together with the renovation of the Grade II listed and long derelict George and Railway Hotel. It is anticipated that the building will be transformed into a new office and co-working space with a modern 6-storey addition, comprising over 43,000 sq ft of flexible workspace.
The designs illustrate how the previously isolated site adjacent to the Temple Circus roundabout will be unlocked in line with Bristol City Council’s aspirations which include the enhancement of the Brunel Mile, which is a key pedestrian and cycle route running through the site.
Veronica Barbaro, Principal Planner at GVA says, “Engine Shed 2 is eagerly anticipated in the city as is the rejuvenation of the derelict George and Railway Hotel. This will be a high profile regeneration project for Bristol and we’re delighted to be playing a key advisory role for Skanska.”
The development is part of a strategic land partnership with Bristol City Council, and part of a strategy to extend the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (BTQEZ). This is the first site to come forward for development in the BTQEZ.