Alternative Temple Island scheme to be explored

By Natalie Vincent - Wed 26 September 2018, 3:35 pm

Bristol City Council's cabinet has announced plans for a mixed-use development on Temple Island instead of an arena.

Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The decision was taken on 4 September 2018 to work with partners to develop an alternative mixed-use scheme for the Temple Island site, and is expected to work up a proposal for cabinet approval in due course, which could potentially include a conference centre, hotel, retail space and housing, a proportion of which is to be earmarked as affordable.

An outline for developing Temple Island for mixed-use purposes has been submitted by investment firm Legal & General, with designs by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol said: "We need to move forward now and ensure Bristol is fit for the demands of a modern, thriving and well connected city. "I am confident an alternative development for Temple Island is at the heart of that vision and will create inclusive economic growth, jobs and homes. Jobs and affordable homes are the key priorities for delivery by my administration and they will come first."

A concert venue at the former Brabazon hangar on Filton airfield to the north of the city is still a possibility, with the council in discussion with Malaysian developer YTL, the owner of the land.