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Weston Williamson wins 70ha Bristol masterplan contest

Weston Williamson + Partners competition-winning proposal to re-masterplan Bristol’s 70 hectare Temple Quarter district
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Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) has won a competition to re-masterplan Bristol’s 70 hectare Temple Quarter district

The practice – working as part of a multi-disciplinary team led by Mott MacDonald – was chosen ahead of a shortlist of rival teams featuring Arup, Grimshaw, Allies and Morrison, Atkins and Woods Bagot to win the prestigious Bristol City Council-backed commission.

The enormous project will create a new mixed-use ‘city quarter’ featuring 11,000 new homes on land surrounding the Grade I-listed Bristol Temple Meads station.

At its centre will be a revitalised and expanded train station featuring a ‘world-class’ pedestrian space. Bristol Temple Meads currently receives 10 million passengers a year but will grow to 22 million by 2030.

WW+P senior partner and architecture project director Christian Bocci said: ‘We are excited to be playing a key role in the delivery of this inspirational and compelling vision for Bristol, which will bring huge benefits at a local, city and regional level.

‘The work complements our transport oriented development projects - integrating master planning and station design - for HS2 at Old Oak Common and Toton, and for Crossrail 2 at Enfield among others.’

The project is backed by Bristol City Council in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority, Homes England and Network Rail. Other members of the winning consortium include AWW Architects, Alan Baxter Associates, GVA, Deloitte, Turley, TLT and Pragma.

The appointment comes less than a week after Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio (FCBS) won outline planning for a £300 million new Bristol University campus next to the station.

Planned to open in 2021, the new 43,000m² campus will feature academic buildings by FCBS and apartments designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

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