Many major property developments are coming down the pipeline to Bristol this year with huge schemes across the city planned. More than 2,500 new homes were built in the city last year, and thousands more are expected this year, as well as big commercial developments.
As well as new homes, new developments in Bristol this year include train stations, hotels, shops and offices. Elsewhere, buildings far past their best, like the Galleries shopping centre or the Grosvenor Hotel, will likely see major progress towards their eventual replacements.
Here are the eight biggest projects in Bristol which are in the pipeline in 2023.
1. Temple Quarter
A giant regeneration project is expected to finally get under way this year around Temple Meads train station. This project received a £95-million boost from the government, and will see the area around the station redesigned, with much more planned east of the station, including a new university campus, student flats, hotels, offices, and a secondary school. Image shows ‘The Friary’ which will become a transport interchange serving the station and city with improved bus stops, cycle links and a private car drop-off loop.
A huge amount of work is due to take place this year on converting the Brabazon Hangars at the Filton Airfield into a new arena, but the arena isn’t expected to open until next year. Just north of the arena, thousands of homes will also be built. YTL, the company which owns the arena, has permission for 3,700 homes and is trying to get permission for another 3,000.
3. Bristol Underground
Plans for a Bristol underground network could make some progress this year. The mass transit plans championed by Bristol mayor Marvin Rees would see four light rail lines built, costing billions of pounds. The next step, in the long journey to making these plans reality, is consulting the public on various options for the plans. Photo: BCC
4. Ashley Down Railway Station
Construction on the new Ashley Down train station will begin at the start of this year. Once opened, the station will run trains every half hour to Temple Meads and Filton Abbey Wood. The new train station will be built off Station Road, and work should be completed in 2024. Pictured is the old station it will be built on, and children from the Ashley Down Orphan Homes in the 1900s.