The Temple Quarter regeneration (2) (Bristol Arena (The team behind…
The Temple Quarter regeneration (2)
How successful has the Temple regeneration been?
Bristol's Temple Quarter covers 70 hectares and is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK.
Successful urban regeneration must improve an area economically, environmentally and socially.
Improved access from in and around Bristol
Electrification will shorten the rail journey time to London
Improvements to Temple Meads station to encourage more people to travel by train
Improved road layout with links to the rapid transit network and the Bristol-Bath cycle path.
Enterprise Zone status
Enterprise Zones encourage economic growth and create jobs
They offer a range of incentives to businesses to move to the area including business rate relief, low rents and easier planning procedures.
New bridge across the River Avon to the site of the former diesel depot
This gives access to the new Bristol Arena
How has the area been regenerated?
The target to create 4000 new jobs by 2020 and 17000 by 2037.
There will 240000 m^2 of either new or refurbished buildings, creating offices, homes, shops and the redeveloped railway station.
In addition to the general regeneration of the area, there is a focus on several key projects.
Glass Wharf - New office developed
Electrification of London to Bristol railway line
'Arena Island' - with bridge to new Bristol Arena
Paintworks - new mixed use development
Temple Meads Station - Major redevelopment to turn the station into a modern transport hub for the city
Temple Studios - New technical and digital enterprises
Engine Shed - For high-tech and creative businesses
The team behind London's Millennium Dome and Olympic Stadium designed the new Bristol Arena.
This is due to open in 2018.
Bristol is the largest city in the UK without such a venue.
Access will be by the new bridge over the river as well as a pedestrian and cycling bridge to 'Arena Island'.
This route is to be redeveloped withe cafes, offices and flats.
The arena will allow for smaller capacity theatre-style events with seating for 4000 people.
But it can also be used for major conventions, exhibitions and sporting events with up to 12000 spectators.
It is planned that the area around the arena also becomes somewhere people visit.
This area will host outdoor events such as an ice rink in the winter or outdoor theatre productions.
Brunel's Engine Shed
This is an example o the re-use of a listed historic building.
The new £1.7 million Innovation centre is being developed in Isambard Kingdom Brunnel's historic engine shed at Temple Meads station.
The new centre is home to high-tech, creative and low carbon sector companies.
This will add to Bristol's importance as a major UK high-tech centre.
The centre includes:
18 micro-electronics, media and digital production companies
A further 44 companies who use the facilities
A company developing the nest generation of wi-fi
The use of superfast broadband as part of the Bristol Gigabit project.