Bristol’s Temple Island

“This incredible site will become a gateway to Temple Quarter. Introducing connections through the site and opening up this stretch of waterfront stitches the island into the fabric of the city and this evolving quarter.”
Cath Birkin, Director, LDA Design

Exciting plans for Temple Island are taking shape. The proposed new waterfront neighbourhood in Bristol city centre is on the site of the former train diesel depot near Temple Meads railway station. This prominent brownfield site has been vacant since 1995.

Bound by the River Avon to the east, the scheme is part of the evolving Temple Quarter area of the city, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects and which includes the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus.

Legal and General are delivering Temple Island, which includes two office buildings, around 500 new homes, with up to 40% affordable, flexible workspace and a hotel and conference centre designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to complement the grain of the city’s architecture.

The River Avon has inspired LDA Design’s vision for the public spaces, with the tidal range and river banks informing circulation, planting and materiality. References to the site’s industrial past are brought to life through play, public art and street furniture.

Providing a new section to the city’s riverside walkway prioritises active travel and the scheme connects surrounding neighbours, brings biodiversity, a new public square and riverside gardens to this new urban district.

Recent public engagement will further inform the designs, following on from two stages of community engagement in 2023. Legal & General’s Head of Regeneration, Ben Rodgers, hopes the scheme will be submitted for planning later this year. He said, “Through consulting hundreds of people in Bristol, we know they want to see exemplary design at the heart of place-led regeneration schemes, and by working with Zaha Hadid Architects and LDA Design this is central to our vision.”

LDA Design director Cath Birkin said: “We’re working with a fantastic team on an incredible site that will be a gateway to Temple Quarter. Introducing connections through the site and opening up this stretch of waterfront stitches the island into the fabric of the city and this evolving quarter. The new public square along with biodiverse and playful riverside gardens offers much needed quality open space in the heart of the city.”

The University of Bristol owns the northern part of Temple Island and has outline planning for a 20-storey residential block for 950 students.

Images by Zaha Hadid Architects

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