Plenty of plans are afoot which are likely to change how Bristol’s skyline will look for the foreseeable future.
There’s no doubt the city faces a housing shortage - and the city council has has pledged to continue building 2,000 each year, with 2,563 built last year. The authority has previously estimated that there will be more than 500,000 people living within the city limits by 2050.
One way to meet the demand is to build up. And there have been several plans unveiled over the past year for tower blocks, some more than 20 storeys high. Although facing some opposition, they might be the only answer in a city wanting to also protect its green fields.
Here are 10 of those plans which would see Bristol’s skyline feature several more silhouettes in the next decade.
1. The Premier Inn @ Bear Pit
The Premier Inn at St James Barton roundabout could be developed into new flats and a ground-floor cafe. The new development would be split into two blocks, one being 28 storeys high - the tallest development planned for Bristol.
2. Old Robins & Day Peugeot garage plans
Dandara have submitted plans for 420 new flats on the site of the former Robins and Day Peugeot garage on the corner of Bath Road Bridge roundabout opposite Temple Meads station. The block would be 20-storey high. At a consultation, Rachel Allwood, planning director at Dandara Living, told BristolWorld: “I think that many residents believe the city doesn’t need them, but I’d love to see how Bristol is going to solve its housing crisis without them.”
3. Student accommodation on Kingsland Road
A CGI of the proposed student accommodation on Kingsland Road in The Dings which would include 637 homes. A consultation was held on the plans in March, where it was revealed that parts of the site would be eight storeys high.
4. Castle Park Energy Centre
Groupwork and McGregor Coxall won a competition to design this new tower block over Castle Park. The plan which won the contest, run by Goram Homes and the Bristol Housing Festival, was for a 25-storey resident block - however, Bristol Civic Society says the tower block is now 33-storeys high. The group has called the plans an ‘assault on Bristol'