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outdated format, type and specification of the space only 24,500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
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.