George Ferguson: 'Bristol is a laboratory for change'
Newly elected Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has set out his vision for the future of the city at the launch of Bristol: Retrofit City at the NLA
The mayor invited architects to the Bristol to create a ‘laboratory for change’. Championing quality design Ferguson described how, under his leadership, the city would be ‘intolerant of bad architecture’, although he admitted he was ‘perfectly happy to steal from anyone but [didn’t] want [the city] to be like anywhere else’.
Ferguson identified the ‘missing mile’ in Brunel’s historic route from London to New York - between Temple Meads Station and the SS Great Britain - as an area for redevelopment. Highlighting the importance of first impressions he earmarked the empty Sorting Office at the station as a development site that could become Bristol’s ‘Mail Box’.
The city expects to announce plans for a 12,000 capacity arena, that Ferguson hopes to see completed before the end of his first term, and two new stadiums ‘before he is done’.
The exhibition, which focuses on the regeneration work that has taken place in the Bristol, will run until the end of the month.
Bristol: Retrofit City, NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT, until January 29, free