Zaha Hadid Architects and property investor Legal & General released new plans for a huge housing development next to Temples Meads Station causing yet another stir for the Bristol Arena Site. Even after 15 years of debates by the Bristol City Council, the Bristol Arena project is still on hold because of disagreement on its location.
The site released by Zaha Hadid Architects falls under one of the two proposed sites for the Bristol Arena. Their proposal includes a hotel, conference center, 5oo homes and office blocks. Speaking on the same, Jim Heverin, the director of Zaha Hadid Architects said that the plan will integrate various work that will that part of the city into a vibrant one.
The Bristol Arena was initially scheduled to be completed in 2008 after its first plan proposal in 2003. The Bristol Arena designed by Populous was to host the Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football club with a 12000 sitting capacity. The design was approved by the 2016 siting mayor George Ferguson.
Marvin Rees, the new mayor of Bristol put the Populous plan on hold, however, the council hopes to have made a final decision on the site’s location by September. A report released on July by the accountant, KPMG, shows that the fallback plan for the Bristol Arena to be located at Filton, the northern part of the city will provide a better cost-benefit ratio.
Zaha Hadid Architects asserted that the new plans focusing on BREEAM Excellent status building projects, will be more environmentally friendly than the initial Bristol Arena plans. According to Legal & General the new plans by Zaha Hadid Architects will help build a resilient city centre for Bristol in the face of current structural changes in retailing, culture and leisure.
Mayor Rees is expected to decide by 4th of September after the Council final decision om the project management, he however welcomed the Legal & General for sharing their plans of the site with the Bristol city, siting them as another viable contribution on the best use of Temple Island.
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