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Western Harbour Concepts Unveiled

Uncategorised • 15 August 2019

Three concepts have been designed to transform the iconic gateway to Bristol’s Habourside.  A new road, new bridges and demolition of flyovers in Hotwells and Spike Island could all happen as part of the multi million pound transformation. 

Bristol City Council hope to redevelop the Western Harbour area with homes, shops and green space. The road system which links Hotwells and Spike Island and the A4 and A370, features bridges and flyovers built in the 1960’s which are now in need of significant investment. It is estimated that £40m would be required to bring the current infrastructure up to standard to allow them to remain in use. Complete redevelopment is estimated to be in the region of  £180m to £350m.

The three new ideas are being considered to create a simpler, less intrusive road network, while opening public space to include new walking and cycling routes. The consultation opens on Monday 18th August where the public can have their say. Full details on the 3 options can be found via the Bristol Council website here.

 

One of Bristol’s ‘biggest eyesores’ demolished

Bristol’s Royal Mail sorting office has been dismantled, ready to make way for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

For some time, this derelict building has greeted passengers arriving by train into Bristol. Opened in 1938, the sorting office was once called “the last word in labour saving efficiency”.

The building has been empty since 1997 when Royal Mail relocated their sorting office to Filton, making way for illegal raves and urban exploration on the site.

This time lapse video shows the method of demolition and has been greeted with joy by many parts of the Bristol community. This is a small step in a long journey towards the redevelopment of ‘Arena Island’ into a mixed use scheme. Plans have included a large conference centre and exhibition space, a 345-room hotel, 550 new homes (including 220 affordable homes), and two major “Grade A” office buildings.

Further information on the plans for the University Campus can be found here.