Advisor appointed for Bristol masterplan

Bristol City Council has hired a consortium of consultants to design a regeneration plan for the city’s historical railway quarter.

Led by Mott MacDonald, the consortium will develop a masterplan to upgrade Bristol’s Temple Meads station as well as an expansion of the Temple Quarter, a district focused on creative and high-tech industries.

The consortium also includes Weston Williamson + Partners architects, AWW Architects, Alan Baxter associates, GVA, Deloitte, Turley, TLT and Pragma.

Plans will look at ways to open up access to, and through, the station from the east of the city and the potential to bring forward new development around 

Temple Quarter including retail, office, housing with around 11,000 new homes, and leisure facilities.

The work was commissioned by Bristol City Council in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority, which has committed £2m; Network Rail, which is already investing £3m; and Homes England.

A further £40m investment to renovate the historic roof of Temple Meads is planned for the next five years.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said: “We are currently the only major UK city without a modern railway station.

“A transformed station will finally give us a railway station fit for the 21st century, acting as a gateway to the West of England.”

The station sits adjacent to the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus, which project has recently given green light.