Bristol, like the rest of the country, is facing a housing shortage.
There are 13,000 people on Bristol’s housing list and more than 500 in temporary accommodation, costing the city £3m a year. Bristol’s population has risen by 38,000 in the last five years with around 9,000 houses built in the same period. The average price is now eleven times that of the average income. In the UK, 44% of 20-34 year olds were living with their parents in 2018, the highest proportion since 1926. Marvin Rees said in his city address 2020, that having a home is the single biggest determinant of life outcomes.
The new units will provide much-needed homes in a sustainable location with great pedestrian, cycle and public transport links.
The Sports and Convention Centre (SCC) will be the home of the Bristol Flyers basketball team who play inthe top tier of British Basketball – the BBL. They usually play between 20 and 25 home fixtures per season with most games taking place on a Friday or Saturday evening. They currently play their games at SGS College where they regularly sell out the 750-capacity arena. The new SCC will have a capacity of 3,626 for basketball.
The SCC will also provide a large column-free space for use as a convention centre for large exhibitions just as the stadium already does.
It will also have the potential to host entertainment events and community sports.
No, due to the event scheduling and coordination, only a limited number of events are expected to take place at the same time. As part of the application, there will be a comprehensive travel plan showing how this will work and we will work closely with the Council, police and the local community to manage any potential event clashes and ensure there are joint event operations plans which will minimise the potential impact on the community. Moreover, the new site will provide numerous enhancements to the existing highway, parking capacity and public transport options to ensure the whole area works much more efficiently that it currently does.
A 4000-seater Sports & Convention Centre (SCC) which will become the home of the Bristol Flyers basketball team and will also host community events, conventions and entertainment. There will also be a 4-star hotel, a multi-storey car park (MCSP), new club retail shop and gym, residential units and office space. The MCSP will provide car parking for the SCC and hotel. The residential units and office space will have their own spaces. This means the Sporting Quarter has been designed with plenty of parking for its need and also means additional capacity for stadium events. Importantly rather than existing arrangement where stadium users park in spaces located on the Wickes and Midas site, each with their own entrance – these spaces will be stacked with one controlled exit point to ensure there is less impact on the highway.
The Sporting Quarter is located within walking distance of the metrobus m2 route which links us with the Long Ashton Park & Ride, city centre and Temple Meads. There are another dozen local bus services, metrobus m1 route and Parson Street station all within a 20 minute walk, meaning visitors will have numerous public transport options to attend events. Addtional cycle parking and better pedestrian/cycle routes provide a great opportunity for those living more locally to arrive without their car.
The proposals are driven by our desire to use sport to change people’s lives for the better, strengthening the city’s prowess from the highest professional levels to grass roots community sports. On a more local level, the proposals will invest in improving the transport, travel and parking in the immediate area. This includes better public transport for residents and fans, more cycle storage, a multi-storey car park, improvements to Winterstoke Road and better cycle and pedestrian links.
As space in the city is limited it’s important to maximise all the land available whether it be for housing, office space or car parking. This ensures development doesn’t spread unnecessarily and allows for better public space between buildings. This needs to be carefully balanced against any visual and neighbour impact and needs to be quality in design. There are already a number of tall buildings in the vicinity including the stadium, Duckmoor Road tower blocks and nearby industrial units all close by. Based on feedback already received we have significantly reduced the overall height of the proposed scheme to ensure it doesn’t go significantly higher than the existing stadium roof. The highest points of the scheme have also been positioned further away from local houses and Greville Smyth Park, so they are now closer to industrial and retail units along Winterstoke Road and the metrobus flyover.
We are proposing significant improvements to Winterstoke Road which will minimise any impact from visitors to the Sporting Quarter. These improvements will also help on stadium matchdays and improve the local highway at all times including peak-traffic associated with commuters. We will also be installing new cycle hubs at the site entrances and a new bus-loading area to ensure we can get fans to and from the stadium by sustainable means. These improvement will also help ease traffic on matchdays.
We plan to submit a planning application this winter. Once planning approval is granted the project will take approximately two years to build.
Our Transport Consultants, in consultation with Bristol City Council officers and relevant stakeholders are preparing a Transport Assessment which will consider the transport impact of the new development, promote measures to encourage sustainable travel modes such as public transport, cycling and walking and set out proposals to minimise the impact of the development on the local transport network. This is an ongoing, iterative process.
The Transport Assessment will be submitted with the planning application and will be publicly available on the council website.
The location itself is highly sustainable as it is served by more than a dozen bus routes including the metrobus m2 and number 24 bus services to the city centre and Temple Meads. We will also be installing a vehicle free primary cycle/pedestrian route through the site, additional secondary shared cycleway/footway facilities around the edge of the site and new cycle parking at all site entrance locations.
Together with the new bus drop-off point by the Multi Storey Car Park we hope to encourage a significant modal shift to sustainable transport modes amongst those utilising the proposed development.In addition, we will be making improvements to the local highway infrastructure on Winterstoke Road to enable the traffic to flow better at all times.
The exact number of spaces has not yet been confirmed but will be compliant with Bristol City Council guidelines as a minimum. It should be noted that the housing is in an extremely sustainable area with numerous public transport options just a few minutes walk away meaning that it will be quicker for most people to take a bus, cycle or walk to their destination. Secondly, the apartments are expected to attract younger occupants who are less likely to own a car than house owners.
As set out above, we have undertaken extensive modelling of anticipated car demand from the new development. Our proposals will be fully compliant with current guidelines and will include a new Multi-Storey Car Park which will provide parking for the Sports and Convention Centre and hotel. Although the stadium itself is not part of this application, the extra parking on site will in practice also provide additional parking capacity for the existing stadium on match days.
The new bus loading area will also enable more fans to come to the new Sporting Quarter and the stadium by dedicated event bus services which will in turn remove car trips from the local highway network.
Separate to this planning application, we are at an advanced stage of discussions with Bristol City Council about allowing the Long Ashton Park & Ride to be opened for match days. Bristol City Council also have proposals for additional junction protection around the area to discourage dangerous parking in hotspots identified by traffic surveys as being of a particular problem.
We are in discussions with Bristol City Council to ensure any impact on local residents from this new development is properly mitigated. The outcome of those discussions will be included in the final planning application submitted to Bristol City Council.
The Sporting Quarter will include a new covered bin store and refuse area which will also serve as the main waste processing area for the stadium.
Subject to final design – we intend to remove the existing bin store which will be replaced by a small cycle parking area which will be one of a number of cycle parking hubs in the scheme.
This application is predominantly for the land to the west of Colliter’s Brook (and improvement to the Brook itself) and does not involve the stadium.
This will depend a lot on the phasing of the scheme and the contractor’s construction methods. The availability may differ during the build stage. A Construction Management Plan will be developed and submitted to Bristol City Council before construction starts with the objective of containing construction parking within the site itself.
The schemes are being submitted as linked planning applications as the sale of the Longmoor Village site is essential for the funding of the Ashton Gate Sporting Quarter. Without the financial receipt from Longmoor Village, the Sporting Quarter development cannot proceed as it would no longer be viable.
MetroWest Phase 1 involves re-opening the Portishead to Bristol Temple Meads line to passengers meaning that additional services from both directions will stop at Parson Street which is just 15 minutes walk away. We are fully supportive of this proposal and look forward to the scheme being completed.
The promoters of MetroWest decided not to include a new stop at Ashton Gate in the MetroWest Phase 1 design proposals.
As we do not control railway infrastructure projects, we have developed our travel plan for the Sporting Quarter without a new Ashton Gate railway station included. However, once our scheme is completed it will significantly strengthen the business case for a new stop at Ashton Gate and we will fully support this.
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Due to the flexibility of the SCC, the capacities will vary depending on the type of event. These are yet to be finalised but will be approximately 1500 for conventions/exhibitions, 3600 for basketball and 4000 for entertainment events. If an entertainment event had no seating and standing capacity only this could rise to 5000 but such events are likely to be infrequent.
The tallest point has gone up a little in the latest stage of design but the overall extent of the buildings has significantly reduced from our first proposals. The extra height on the tallest tower allows more space between buildings and better public space at street level while still making good use out of the land available – which is at a premium in Bristol.
This area of Bristol already has some notable tall buildings with the Duckmoor Road tower blocks, Cala Trading Estate industrial units and of course the Lansdown Stand already built. Being located at a low elevation also means that these have less impacts on views across south Bristol than if they were built on higher land. For example, North Street Green and the Parson Street station are 20 metres and 28 metres higher at ground level than the Sporting Quarter site.
Importantly, we have now moved the highest point of the site further away from existing housing. For example, the tallest point of the residential tower block is three times further away from the nearest house than the tallest point of the Lansdown Stand.
The planning application with be supported by a landscape and townscape visual impact assessment, that will assess the impact of the development from key views around the city.
The Sports and Convention Centre will have the ability to host a range of activities for our four resident community foundations that run programmes in sport, education, health and social inclusion for people of all abilities. It will also be available for use by local schools and community groups.
The new Sporting Quarter will provide many jobs during construction and when the new venue is completed and operational. More information on jobs and opportunities will be made public during the process and the best way to stay up-to-date is to register to receive updates at https://scc.ashtongatestadium.co.uk/ . Click on the ‘Receive Updates’ tab which is located at the bottom of the Latest News box on the right side of the webpage. Job opportunities at Ashton Gate, Bristol Sport, Bristol City, Bristol Bears and Bristol Flyers are posted on our website https://www.bristol-sport.co.uk/about/careers/
We have appointed specialist consultants who are undertaking a wind microclimate analysis and building performance modelling. Their work includes assessing the potential impact of the development on the local wind environment, assessing the impact on pedestrian comfort and advising on mitigation measures if these are required. The wind modelling assessment and any mitigation required will be submitted to Bristol City Council as part of the planning application.
Yes. The existing proposals include a new, much larger shop for the clubs which will located alongside the Multi-Storey Car Park facing the stadium and new fan zone.
No. South Bristol Retail Park will not be directly affected by these proposals.
The only new bar and restaurant will be located within the hotel largely for hotel guests.
Bristol Flyers usually play between 15 and 20 games per season depending on cup runs. Most of their games take place on Friday or Saturday evenings with 730pm being a standard start time. Due to the flexible nature of the SCC most events will need a day to set-up and pack-up meaning many turn-around days when the SCC will host no events at all. We hope to host an average of 2-3 events each week including basketball and a range of community based events.
A specialist will assess any impact of daylight and sunlight on existing properties before the design is finalised. Their full findings will be submitted to Bristol City Council with the planning application. Draft information received from the specialists suggest that there will be no overshadowing issues from the new development.
Although we will encourage the community to use the Sporting Quarter, it will remain private property with security on site. There will be zero tolerance towards any anti social behaviour.
Timelines will depend on the planning process, and commencement of procurement and construction are dependent on the award of planning approval. The work will be phased. A preliminary phasing plan and programme will be submitted with our application. There is a substantial package of “enabling work” required to prepare the site before the main construction work can commence. Currently, the earliest that we expect this work to commence would be late in 2021, with subsequent phases of construction work following on in 2022. If required, adjacent properties will be surveyed before work starts.