Temple Square is a key gateway into the city and will be redeveloped as part of the wider Temple Quarter. The site will be enhanced to create a first class welcome to Bristol for passengers arriving into Temple Meads station, create new employment space and improve the link between the station and the city centre along Brunel Mile.
Our aspirations for the area are illustrated in the Temple Quarter Spatial Framework, which was adopted by Cabinet in October 2016. Outline planning consent for the Temple Square development was granted in November 2017.
The Temple Gate scheme was completed in 2019. It was designed to improve the journeys of the thousands of people that travel to and through the area every day and be a place where people can move conveniently between different modes of travel.
Aims of the scheme:
- A more direct road layout and changes to access;
- More space for people: high quality pedestrian and cycle routes;
- Better public transport facilities and information;
- Space for new buildings and public space.
For information about current roadworks, please see our Construction Updates page.
Engine Shed 2
Temple Square is the proposed home of Engine Shed 2 which will scale up the original incubator’s offering and provide follow-on space for rapidly growing companies.
By redeveloping the George and Railway site, Engine Shed 2 will bring a prominently placed derelict building back into use.
Detailed planning permission for the development of Engine Shed 2 was granted in November 2017.
Temple Square Plaza
Some of the development land between 100 Temple Street, Engine Shed 2 and Temple Square will be used to create a new public realm called Temple Square Plaza.
Redevelopment of Grosvenor Hotel site
The works to reconfigure Temple Circus junction created a new opportunity for comprehensive development of this landmark site – a goal the council has been seeking since before 2008. Development of this site will support Bristol City Council’s aspirations for the area and support our ambitious targets for creating jobs in the Enterprise Zone.
Cabinet approved the Joint Development and Land Agreement for Engine Shed 2, Temple Square and Station Approach in November 2018. This included authorising use of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the Grosvenor Hotel site should ongoing negotiations with the current owners fail. Approving this paper Councillor Cheney reaffirmed the Council’s first choice was to reach mutual agreement with the owner.