Temple Quarter: What's in it for me?

Post date 3 December 2018

It was standing room only at our Temple Quarter event last week. Over 80 local residents packed into the hall at Hannah More Primary to hear from a panel of guests. We heard from a range of different speakers who are involved in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

First we heard from Richard March, Enterprise Zone Project Manager at Bristol City Council. He gave some background to the project. The zone aims to attract 22,000 jobs* by 2032 with a focus on creative, high-tech and low carbon companies. There are also plans to transform Temple Meads station, build 11,000 new homes and create Engine Shed 2, an incubator unit for hi tech businesses. Visit the Temple Quarter website for more information.

Then it was time to welcome back Celia to Up Our Street and hear about Up Our Street’s research for University of Bristol earlier this year. We talked to local residents and organisations about the impact the new campus might have on shops and sevices. The research highlighted that residents saw the potential of the new campus, but were concerned whether they would truly benefit. As one Barton Hill resident said "‘I will be really sad if Somali people are only doing the cleaning jobs. You have an example at Cabot Circus of a development on our doorstep, and how little it did for the community." Download the full report here

Following on from Celia was Tom Sperlinger from University of Bristol, who spoke about how the university plans to make its new Temple Quarter campus more inclusive to the local community. He stressed that he was keen to work with the local community and work to address some of the challenges. He talked about how the design of the new buildings and the outside space could be used to connect the community better, and how important it is to get the infrastructure right. Visit the University of Bristol website to find out more about the plans.

Then it was time to hear from Alison Enyon, Development Lead for Oasis Academy Temple Quarter. This is the new secondary school for the enterprise zone, which at full capacity will have space for 1,600 students. The school is in the early stages of development, a site on Silverthorne Lane has been agreed and planning permission will be sought soon. You can find out more about the school on the Oasis Community Learning website.

Our final speaker was Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor. She emphasised that Bristol City Council wants to make Temple Quarter an inclusive development, bringing benefits to the wider community. The Council is working on the housing and intends 40% to be affordable. She acknowledged that transport needs to work for residents and will be a big barrier to being inclusive.  

The event ended with questions from the floor. Residents asked a range of questions, including whether the new development would include better public transport links for surrounding areas such as the Dings, how exisiting businesses in the zone were being consulted, and if the University was also consulting with students.

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