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Legal & General launch second round of public engagement on Temple Island

Legal & General is beginning the second round of public engagement on its landmark scheme at Temple Island, Bristol, and is asking communities across the city to share their views on plans proposed for the site so far.

Located in the heart of the Temple Quarter regeneration area, Temple Island is set to become a vibrant new urban district with centrally located high-quality workplaces and employment opportunities for the local knowledge economy, enabling innovation and economic growth.

As part of its proposals, Legal & General aims to deliver 500 new homes with a target of 40% being affordable, two new office buildings, retail space, a flexible commercial building and a new hotel and conference centre, all of which is expected to create up to 2,000 new jobs.

Situated on a sustainable brownfield site, one of the guiding principles for the development includes facilitating a sustainable district – where Legal & General is seeking to enable low carbon lifestyles by creating new pedestrian and cycle routes alongside enhancing ecological habitats.

During the first round of public engagement earlier this year, members of the public shared what they would like to see at Temple Island, for example improved walking and cycling links and these comments have been considered within the outline plans.

For the second round of public engagement launching this autumn, the community is invited to join the conversation on the emerging plans, with a showcase of the proposals touring the city this October. As part of the consultation, Legal & General will welcome ideas from residents on how the ground floor spaces open to the public can best serve the community and how it can create the best-connected pedestrian and cycling experience.

With over £300 million invested in the city to date across residential and commercial real estate, Legal & General has been part of the fabric of Bristol for a number of years. Most recently, in 2021, Legal & General launched Box Makers’ Yard, a residential scheme delivering 379 new rental homes. With over 11,500 sq. ft of resident amenity, Box Makers’ Yard sits close to Temple Quarter – designed from the ground up to bring a best-in-class build to rent offer to Bristol.

Legal & General has invested over £33bn in levelling up regional economies through major UK wide regeneration schemes in locations including Sunderland, Cardiff, Salford and Newcastle, alongside direct investments in clean energy, transport infrastructure and multi-tenure homes.

Ben Rodgers, head of regeneration for Legal & General Investment Management, said:

“We are looking forward to engaging closely with the local community again on our plans for Temple Island.

“We have reviewed the feedback received during our first engagement period and are working hard to ensure plans respond to this.

“Temple Island has stood vacant since 1995, so we’re excited to discuss our proposals to deliver a vibrant new district, offering major employment opportunities, much-needed homes as well as the facilities to support Bristol’s visitor economy. We really believe this scheme will play its part in sustaining and supporting the growth of Bristol.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:

“Temple Island is a key site in Temple Quarter and will provide new homes and inclusive economic growth our city needs in a sustainable location, close to the soon-to-be transformed Bristol Temple Meads station.

“We’re excited to work with Legal & General, who bring a long track record of delivery and their expertise to Bristol, to help make Temple Island somewhere people can live, work and enjoy.”

“Temple Quarter has taken years of work and collaboration with key partners. The plans being developed for Temple Island show the transformational momentum gathering pace in this part of the city.”

Bristol residents can have their say on the proposed plans by going online or by visiting one of the showcases which will be touring the city this October at the following dates and locations:

Thursday 19th October 2023: Temple Quay, 11:30-2pm

Thursday 19th October 2023: Temple Meads Train Station (outside main entrance), 4-6pm

Friday 20th October 2023: Totterdown Tesco Car Park (33 Oxford St), 3-6pm

Saturday 21st October 2023: Broadmead (outside Nat West BS1 3HF), 10am-2pm

The team will also be attending events across the city throughout the autumn.

The city will be asked what they think about more detailed plans in winter 2023/2024 ahead of submission of a planning application in spring 2024.

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