AHMM has been appointed as part of the expert team, led by Prior + Partners, to help develop proposals for the transformation of Bristol Temple Quarter.

The team of specialists, which also include Arup, Spacehub and Bristol-based Nudge Studio, will lead a ‘Social Value Taskforce’. Using new and established local connections, this taskforce will ensure genuine social value, including employment and educational opportunities, are baked into the masterplanning process from the start.

Additional practices forming part of the masterplanning team include AHR, Alan Baxter Associates and Newsteer.

The masterplan will build on the high-level of principles for change in the Temple Quarter Development Framework, which was endorsed by Bristol City Council’s Cabinet in May 2023. It will explore how connectivity in, out and through Temple Quarter could be improved, while creating a framework for how the future development of the area could come forward.

Alongside the Prior + Partners team, the Temple Quarter Partners have appointed The Place Bureau to help define the sort of place Temple Quarter should become. This ‘Placemaking’ commission will develop a place strategy that can ensure Temple Quarter becomes somewhere people want to live, work and spend time, while reflecting the best that the city-region has to offer.

Both the masterplanning and placemaking commissions will be based upon extensive public engagement, helping to ensure views from across the city-region are heard and reflected in the plans for Temple Quarter as they develop.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said, ‘Temple Quarter is one of Europe’s biggest urban regeneration projects. We’re aiming to deliver 10,000 new homes, 22,000 new jobs and a range of new public spaces alongside a transformed Temple Meads station. We’re clear, though, that this isn’t simply a housing or infrastructure project. We want to create a sustainable, genuinely mixed-use place that works for the city-region as a place to live, work and spend time. We want Temple Quarter to be easy to get around, reflective of Bristol’s history and future, and an example to the world of what 21stcentury regeneration can look like. These two commissions will work hand in hand to help us deliver on these aspirations to create a place that people in Bristol and the West of England can share in the success of.’