This major funding boots will help kick start Phase 1 of the project focused on the areas immediately around Bristol Temple Meads station, transforming it into a gateway for Bristol and the West of England. Improvements include new Northern and Southern Gateways to the station, and the creation of a new Eastern entrance to the station, giving access to the University of Bristol’s Enterprise Campus. Temple Island and future developments nearby. These improvements will enable the station to become a 21st century transport interchange and hugely increase its passenger capacity.
The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “Temple Quarter creates the opportunity to make our city more sustainable and better connected, while providing the affordable homes, accessible jobs and training that our citizens want and need as we tackle the climate and ecological challenges.
This announcement is extremely welcome and is the result of a productive partnership between Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority, Network Rail and Homes England that first met in 2017 to plan for the successful regeneration at the heart of the city region.”
The West of England Metro Mayor, Dan Norris, said: “I’m thrilled that the Combined Authority, that I lead, has been awarded £95m to invest in Temple Quarter one of the most exciting regeneration projects in Europe. Now we need to make sure that the buildings and infrastructure and the high skilled jobs we bring in, truly match our ambitions on tackling the climate emergency and use the skills of our amazingly talented workers to make this area something to be very proud of.
Combine this with the refurbishment of Brunel’s iconic station and we really will have, at long last, the jewel in the crown in the heart of our great city and fantastic region.”
Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Western route and strategic operations director, said: “We welcome this funding announcement and look forward to continuing working with our partners to revitalise Bristol Temple Quarter, including transforming Bristol Temple Meads station into a world class transport hub with three new entrances, a multistorey car park and new commercial and retail for the benefit of our passengers, the city of Bristol and wider West of England region.”
WW+P worked alongside Mott MacDonald as lead architect and master planner to deliver the Temple Quarter Masterplan and station regeneration plans.