Bristol retail development

Manual for streets Cabot Circus is a 1.5 million square foot mixed use development in Bristol City Centre. It is the biggest and most exciting development ever seen in the West of England.

Cabot Circus is being developed by Bristol Alliance, a joint venture between LandSecurities and Hammerson. It is at the forefront of the new breed of retail-led schemes. Instead of offering the predictable fare of anodyne shopping malls, Cabot Circus is bringing the re-development of a series of blocks in Bristol City Centre, each with different architecture, and fronting onto new pedestrian streets which are open to the fresh air.

At high level the blocks, each designed by a different architect, are loosely connected by a floating glass roof which protects visitors to some parts of the scheme from the worst of the weather.

The Bristol Alliance has also worked hard to create exciting and interesting spaces between the buildings. George Ferguson, ex. President of the RIBA, and a local to Bristol, applauded this achievement. From the Circus itself, underneath the glazed roof, and surrounded by grand buildings housing the new Department Store and 3000 seat cinema; the other end of the scheme has an open intimate space around Quakers Friars with its scheduled ancient monument; across the scheme, the variety of streets will bring back life and feel the public spaces of Bristol City Centre.

Steve Wehrle, Bristol Alliance