Our Bristol team has been helping the Redcliffe & Temple Business Improvement District (BID) development team with their consultation of how the BID could improve the public environment and create a more welcoming place for an evolving community of users in Bristol’s centre.
The Redcliffe and Temple area is located in close proximity to Bristol Temple Meads Station and the city centre, and is an important commercial hub for Bristol and the South West – see the proposed BID boundary. It’s known for its distinctive landmarks, including St Mary Redcliffe Church and Bristol Bridge, and as an area undergoing rapid change, with many new developments transforming the area into a more mixed-use neighbourhood.
The BID, being proposed by Destination Bristol, aims to improve and enhance the area with the support of levy paying businesses, currently undergoing a period of consultation before a formal ballot, likely to now take place in 2021 (postponed from September 2020 due to Covid-19).
Barry Williams, Chloe Willis, and Gareth Ringrose from our Bristol team were invited to lead a workshop with local businesses in March, which encouraged participants to discuss the challenges and draw ideas and opportunities for the area on plans. Common themes were; cleaner, greener, and brighter streets and spaces; an enhanced relationship with the waterfront and distinctive landmarks; greater comfort and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists; and more high-quality street furniture.
The workshop outcomes helped our team to shape the development of an ‘Opportunities Plan’, which highlighted the key messages for improving the public environment, and a ‘Key Opportunity Visual’, which gave an emerging idea of how the improvements could be realised in a neglected space underneath Temple Way - view here.
Urban Design Director, Barry Williams said "Having our business based on Victoria Street our whole team is passionate about the area. We’ve seen it changing recently ready for an exciting future but we also understand it's history. It's an absolute pleasure working with the BID team to present an emerging vision of what the future of Redcliffe and Temple could be, both for businesses and the people that live there, a place that thrives on culture and connectivity, combines commerciality with community and provides a healthy and safe environment that everyone who lives, works, play or visits can thoroughly enjoy."
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