A developer has uncovered their vision to revive an abandoned zone near Temple Meads train station.
Primary plans suggest that hundreds of offices, shops and homes will be constructed. As well as a school and student accommodation in the east of Temple Island, on Silverthorne Lane.
The Bristol City Council’s initial plan for a ‘Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone’ ties in with the developers’ vision. This caused Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, to believe in the project. He stated that it will be a “sustainable and flourishing new urban quarter for Bristol.”
The student accommodation section would stand as two 20 storey blocks and house around 800 students. Additionally, offices dedicated to the employment sector will take up space close to the size of one and a half football pitches, about 10,000sqm.
The company set to develop the site is Feeder Estates, as recommended by Square Bay, a property firm in London. The recommenders were also in charge of the restoration of ND7 at Temple Quay and Brandon Yard at Bristol Harbourside.
It is early days for the project. But Feeder Estates hope to officially submit their proposals in early 2019, to Bristol’s council. They are hoping it will mean that work can start at the end of next year. However, the process will be a collaborative one. Therefore the final design for Silverthorne Lane will more than likely change.
‘Delighted’ with the forward moving plans, is Tom Vaughan-Jones, the director at Square Bay. He stated that “The spite represents a key piece of the jigsaw in the wider regeneration of the Temple Meads area.
“Building on the vision established by the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, the redevelopment of this brownfield site will provide much-needed homes in the city centre. As well as enabling the delivery of a new secondary school to help address the identified shortage of school places for the city’s young people.
“Plans are at an early stage”
“However we are looking forward to engaging with stakeholders from across the city community as we prepare a planning application to contribute to the positive transformation of Bristol’s gateway.”
A spokesperson for the developer stated that the businesses working on Silverthorne Lane at present know that the site could soon be under construction. However they are aware that they will be given aid in relocation given that they are on short-term leases. Therefore there will be no requirement for Compulsory Purchase Orders for the site.
Bristol University have stated that they have no involvement in the student flat proposition.
However, they are considering building a brand new campus for 3,000 pupils close-by. A spokesperson for Bristol City Council stated that “The council does not own the land at this site.
“The area has been identified as having development potential within the Temple Quarter Spatial Framework. However, we have not currently had a planning application to develop the site.”
As well as other companies taking up parts of the site, Oasis, an academy chain made up of nearly 50 schools across the UK, have brought part of the land for a new academy. The announcement came in June after the proposal was accepted by the Department for Education (DfE) in April 2017. The difficulty was in locating the right site for the academy.
The brand-new school will house around 1,600 between the ages of 11 to 18. This includes the Sixth Form, which will make up 400 students. Most of the remaining places will be for children from the eastern and central areas of Bristol.