Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is a once in a generation opportunity to shape a new city quarter. Our ambition is to create a place that is welcoming to all – to live, work, enjoy leisure time and build on Bristol’s strengths as a world class city. Temple Quarter will play a key part in growing Bristol as a more fair and equitable city that can benefit all communities; a city in which everyone has a stake and in which no one gets left behind.
Since 2012, 3,000 people have come to work in the Enterprise Zone. Our target is 17,000 jobs over the next 20 years. It’s an ambitious target, but it’s not the only one. We want our new urban quarter to provide a great waterside environment with a range of opportunities for everyone, be it access to jobs, housing, learning, visiting the new Bristol Arena and not least, making it easier for people to connect between the city centre, the station and surrounding communities. Fully developed, the Enterprise Zone has the potential to add a further £100 million a year to the city’s economy.
We don’t underestimate the scale of the task before us. The council is working closely with its partners, Network Rail and the Homes and Communities Agency, to provide investment in infrastructure and new development opportunities to maximise those benefits.
A major challenge that we face together is a shared ambition to secure an improved, fit for purpose, 21st century station at Temple Meads. In creating a new transport hub, better connectivity also means better social integration with improved access to our surrounding neighbourhoods and the city beyond, with Temple Meads becoming a true gateway.
The 70 hectare Temple Quarter area has a rich mix of assets. We are keen to meet with potential investors, understand your needs, and have a chance to tell you all about our wonderful city. Bristol can provide an enviable quality of life, and a vibrant and talented workforce, and Enterprise Zone status brings with it numerous incentives to invest in Temple Quarter.
Mayor of Bristol