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Bristol Temple Quarter at Future Cities Forum

Temple Quay (Bristol) panorama - by Chris Bahn

On 10th October at Future Cities Forum in White City, London, Bristol City Council will be speaking about the regionally important development around the station at Bristol Temple Quarter.

Richard Marsh, Programme Director, Bristol Temple Quarter (picture below) will join Liam Harrison of SNC-Lavalin Atkins on our master-planning regeneration of rail station districts panel. Richard has overall responsibility for ensuring that development within Temple Quarter delivers against objectives in jobs growth, housing delivery and infrastructure improvement. Richard has led significant regeneration projects within other local government organisations and in the private sector.

A team from Mott MacDonald has successfully come through a competitive tendering process to lead the development of a master plan for the station and the wider Temple Quarter. The wider consortium includes Weston Williamson + Partners, AWW Architects, Alan Baxter Associates, GVA, Deloitte, Turley, TLT and Pragma.

The work has been commissioned by Bristol City Council in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority (the prime funder), Network Rail and Homes England. The aim is to accelerate the regeneration of the Temple Quarter district, including proposals for the development of the area around Bristol Temple Meads Station.

The master planning will look at ways to open up access to and through the station from the East of the city and the potential to bring forward new development including retail, office and housing with leisure facilities around the station and wider district.

Mayor of Bristol, Martin Reeves, said: 'We are currently the only major UK city without a modern railway station. At long last, that is about to change - thanks to the energy and commitment of the partnership we have brought together. A transformed station will act as a gateway to the West of England.

'It will be connected to the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus and will unlock St Phillips Marsh - soon to become one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.'

Designed by Brunel in the 19th century, Grade 1 Temple Meads Station is one of the oldest surviving railway terminus buildings in the world. It already receives 10 million passengers a year and this is expected to rise to more than 22 million by 2030. The station sits at an important transport interchange linking the railway with key bus routes - including Metrobus and services to Bristol Airport - making it critical to on-going economic and housing growth in the West of England.

Network Rail is investing £3 million in the station this October to install two new sets of ticket barriers which will ease congestion. A further £40 million investment to renovate the historic roof of Temple Meads is planned for the next five years.

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