A multi-disciplinary consultancy team led by Mott MacDonald and including Weston Williamson + Partners architects, AWW Architects, Alan Baxter associates, GVA, Deloitte, Turley, TLT and Pragma, has been appointed to deliver a masterplan for the future of the Temple Quarter in Bristol, UK. The 70 Hectare development zone will deliver a new, mixed use, city quarter, including up to 11,000 new homes. There will also be an improved and revitalised transport interchange, and wider transport improvements across the Temple Quarter.
Temple Meads station currently receives 10 million passengers per year which is expected to rise to over 22 million by 2030. The development will include station capacity improvements to meet future passenger demand, better access to the station and across the area. The regeneration will create a new public space and improvements to the existing public realm. The project will provide a sensitive adaptation, development and protection of the station's nationally important heritage, it was designed by Brunel in the early 19th century and is Grade 1-listed.
The consultancy team has been appointed on behalf of a strategic alliance of Bristol City Council, Network Rail, Homes England and West of England Combined Authority. Mott MacDonald will provide multidisciplinary consultancy services including infrastructure masterplanning and railway and station enhancements. Weston Williamson and Partners will lead architecture and masterplanning.
Mott MacDonald’s global practice leader for cities and the project director, Clare Wildfire, said: “We are delighted that our team has been selected to deliver such a transformational project for Bristol, its citizens and the region; it will establish a fitting gateway to Bristol and the wider west of England and transform Temple Quarter into a people-focused place with affordable, good quality homes and space for innovative businesses.”
Weston Williamson and Partners architectural lead and senior partner Christian Bocci said: “We will build on and develop the Vision for the Temple Quarter so that it is transformative at a local, city and region scale. The masterplan will both crystallize a better sense of place for the area, enable investment for the city and capture the creativity and character of Bristol.”
Turley’s head of planning south west, Jeff Richards, said: “Turley is delighted to be able to support the city council and its development partners in delivering meaningful housing and employment growth that is accessible to all. This project provides a genuine opportunity to engage with the city and shape its future success, encouraging inward investment and providing a significant contribution to the future well-being of the city’s residents.”
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said: “We are currently the only major UK city without a modern railway station. At long last, that is about to change – thanks to the energy and commitment of the partnership we have brought together. 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 aim is that the redeveloped station will be accessible from the east of Bristol, removing a barrier that has divided the city. It will be connected to the new university enterprise campus and will unlock St Phillips Marsh – soon to become one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.
“Our long term vision for Bristol is to grow a sustainable inclusive economy where everyone can share in the city’s success. This work represents a major step forward to make that happen.”