One of Bristol’s most prominent landmark buildings opposite Temple Meads looks set to be demolished, with new developments of flats and offices taking its place.
The grey concrete City Point building stands opposite the main entrance to the train station at the bottom of the Temple Approach slope, and houses a Holiday Inn Express hotel, the Sidings pub on the ground floor, and seven floors of businesses in offices above.
But deep in the Temple Quarter development framework published this week by Bristol City Council as part of a consultation programme for the wider area around the city’s main station, the proposals for the area at the front of the station have been revealed.
And the development framework for the ‘Temple Gate’ part of the Temple Quarter regeneration project includes the area at the front of Temple Meads, including the other side of the main road.
A map in the documents seems to show that new buildings will line the south west side of Temple Way, between the existing Redcliffe Mead housing estate and the main road. The multi-storey car park behind City Point and the seven-storey office building itself will make way for residential development, with some office space too, according to the map.
In a separate development on Monday, developers Dandara submitted a planning application for the building next door - the former Robins & Day Peugeot dealership and garage. There, they unveiled plans for 432 ‘build-to-rent’ flats, with tower blocks up to 15 storeys high, on the corner of Temple Way and the Bath Road Bridge roundabout.
But now, Bristol Live can reveal that the City Point building, the car park and the redundant petrol station on the corner of Temple Way and Redcliffe Way will also be a major part of the Temple Quarter regeneration scheme, with City Point itself demolished.
Bristol City Council own the freehold land those buildings were constructed on, and Bristol Live understands that there are issues with long leases to be overcome before that side of Temple Way can be included in the regeneration scheme.
On Tuesday this week, Mayor Marvin Rees urged people from across Bristol to get involved in the consultation on Temple Quarter, which will see three new entrances and a radically redeveloped Temple Meads station, as well as 10,000 new homes, a university campus and a conference centre in St Philip’s Marsh and The Dings area to the east of Temple Meads.
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