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BRISTOL | Callowhill Court | Broadmead | Mixed-Use | Appr

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  • A1 use (retail): >59200 m²
  • A2-A5 use: >22200 m²
  • Leisure: >7400 m²
  • Hotel: >7800m²
  • Residential: >12600 m²
  • Carpark: 1000 spaces

Project Aspiration said:
The project’s primary aim is to reinforce and improve Bristol’s
position as a first tier regional shopping destination. To do this
the redevelopment of Callowhill will focus on creating a critical
mass of accommodation attractive to shoppers and tenants. The
configuration of the new commercial space has the opportunity to
create a new destination at the heart of Bristol, serving both retailer
and shopper needs.

The development is intended to be mixed use and provide a balance
of retail and leisure space such as bars, restaurants and activities.
The diverse mix of uses will extend the current daytime activities
into the evening, developing a new night time economy.
In addition, other city centre uses, such as hotel and residential
space, will be integrated into the overall project proposals to bring
vibrancy and vitality to Callowhill throughout the day.

The Bristol Alliance have spent considerable time reviewing the
most appropriate way of regenerating Callowhill. When balancing
available site, the projected regional retail demand, deliverability
and resident and retailer expectations, they have generated a brief
to deliver a target of 74,000 sqm GIA of new commercial space.
The Bristol Alliance believe this quantum of development to
be deliverable but also essential to bring long term economic
sustainability to Bristol. This additional space will enable Bristol to
accomodate new retailers, extend the current retail offer and meet
demands of projected population growth.

This amount of space can accomodate new anchor tenants not
currently in Bristol, allowing for a curated mix of new retail and
leisure tenants on a scale that will create a critical mass of new
shopping and leisure that will be attractive to residents across the
Brief Summary said:
The site area identified for redevelopment is 31,500 sqm, and is
currently home to a built footprint of 24,089 sqm. This current space
extends to a Gross Internal Area of 39,000sqm. However, due to the
outdated format, type and specification of the space only 24,500
sqm of area is suitable for useful occupation
. The majority of this
space is at ground floor level with very few retailers using upper
floor space.

The application proposes up to 74,000 sq m (GIA) of new commercial
floorspace (Class A1 to D2).
The scheme has been prepared to
enable maximum flexibility in terms of the floorspace areas that can
be delivered within the maximum floorspace threshold (74,000 sq
m GIA). This includes up to 59,200 sq m of Class A1 floorspace, up
to 22,000 sq m of Class A2 to A5 floorspace, and up to 7,400 sq m
of Class D2 floorspace. In addition, the masterplan should include
up to approximately 12,600 sqm of residential space and 7,800 sqm
of hotel space. The total of these areas exceeds the total area cap
of 74,000 sqm to enable flexibility between use types as the project

The brief, with allowance for demolition and comprehensive
redevelopment, the more intensive use of the site and higher
development density associated with the application proposal will
deliver a net increase of main town centre use floorspace within
the City Centre of approximately 57,400 sqm (gross)
. To enable the
development to effectively function it is essential to provide new
visitor car parking. The masterplan includes a zone for up to 1000
new car parking spaces.



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^^ cheers streetlegal - this kind of thing rocks my boat - looking forward to a good read later today! [emoji6][emoji106]
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^^ indeed just read that & there’s definitely a noticeable difference.

It’s a tremendous article - I read it on me iPhone, but that doesn’t do it justice so will have a proper read on my iPad after work.
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Superbly put together video.

Makes for a depressing picture though.

It would be interesting to see how Europe will fair post COVID.

From my experiences of travelling to a number of European cities over the years I do think theirs are more vibrant and diverse when it comes to usage.

I know there’s a big drive over the last 10 years in particular to encourage people to live in our city centres, however I don’t think it’s been as successful in attracting families for instance - which I think is the crucial difference between city living here and in Europe. I also think that in Europe is been a long standing tradition, whereas in the UK the flight to the suburbs intensified once we established the railways over 100 years ago.

We visit Las Palmas in Gran Canaria every February. It’s what I’d call a ‘working city’ - by that I mean it’s less reliant of tourism and is probably on a par with Bristol.

It’s population isn’t much smaller than Bristol, but it’s urban sprawl is far less. Resulting in a higher density towards the centre. Loads of mid rise buildings (no real significant 100m towers) - very little in the way of our traditional housing. Resulting in families living above shops etc.

Overall it has a real vibe, full of life but without any threat of violence as the mix of people is more family orientated.

What tourism they have is mainly locals and probably mainland Spain.

Another plus is the amount of pride that exists regards keeping the streets clean. They get swept every morning and it’s extremely rare to see any litter.

Just to add though that I genuinely believe Bristol is in a better position than many of our core cities as it does lend itself more to the European model.

The centre feels a lot less cut off than say Brum, Leeds or Manchester.

When I walk round the city and reach Clifton or Bedminster I don’t feel like I’ve stepped from one extreme to another. I think the centre sort of flows more naturally between the inner suburbs.

It’s other advantage is the sheer amount of green space in the centre compared to those cities I’ve highlighted above.

Where Bristol currently lags however is public transport. Most of the core cities excel in this in comparison - with Brum, Manchester, Sheffield and even Nottingham having established tram networks.

Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds are have a much more intergrated railway network too.

If Bristol could nail that just imagine! [emoji6][emoji106]
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