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Bristol has ambitious plans for growth, built on strong foundations.

It has long-standing strengths in cutting-edge sectors, such as creative industries and digital technology. Bristol is a recognised leader in sustainability, being the first city in the UK to declare climate and ecological emergencies.

Bristol is one of Europe’s leading cities in climate action and the UK’s only city to be awarded European Green Capital. Its City Leap Energy Partnership is expected to invest over £1bn in smart, sustainable energy. City Leap is a pioneering initiative to package together net zero projects at scale to attract private investment.

Regeneration projects

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Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh

Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh

The 130 hectare site of brownfield land will transform over the next 25 years into a thriving, well-connected mixed-use community. The regeneration will create up to 10,000 new homes, 22,000 new jobs and bring £1.6 billion each year to the city economy.

The project features the renewal and upgrading of Bristol Temple Meads Station, creating capacity for further rail services and new access points to the station. Immediately adjacent to the station, the University of Bristol is developing a new city centre campus with a strong focus on innovation.

Significant investment in flood defences is planned so that the full potential of the area can be fully unlocked. Find out more

(Image credit: Bristol Design)

Whitehouse Street

Whitehouse Street Regeneration Area

Over the next 5-10 years the regeneration of the Whitehouse Street area will see the transformation of the area with new homes and employment, cultural and public spaces that responds to the climate and ecological emergencies.

The project is committed to exploring options for industrial development at a higher density to meet the needs of businesses on a smaller amount of land.

Bristol City Council is keen to hear about examples of such developments elsewhere and from developers and funders interested in exploring the potential for delivery of this type of employment space in Bristol. Find out more

(Image credit: Stride Treglown)

Bristol Port


Avonmouth is at the centre of Bristol’s industrial, warehousing, energy generation and recycling, and new value-adding ‘circular economy’ activities.

The area is looking to attract more advanced manufacturing and engineering companies on a ‘net zero’ model, and to expand its ‘circular economy’ activities.

At the same time the logistics sector will continue to grow, but, as connectivity and infrastructure improves this will be balanced with manufacturing and processing, a focus on emerging opportunities in food, construction, aerospace and other advanced engineering. All this will offer higher quality jobs to benefit local communities. Find out more

Bristol City Centre

City centre regeneration project

The city centre regeneration project will cover a large area of central Bristol and will look at potential long term physical changes to buildings, spaces and streets and the way spaces are used. It will consider what is needed to support a thriving city centre in the context of the current climate emergency, economic and social pressures.

In response Bristol City Council is leading the creation of a Development and Delivery Plan (DDP) for the area, which will guide change and outline how a liveable, vibrant, safe and inclusive city centre can be created, that is suitable for people of all ages. Find out more

Western Harbour

Western Harbour

Bristol’s harbourside has become one of the city’s best loved destinations – a place where people increasingly want to live, work and spend their leisure time.

The Western Harbour area provides an opportunity to unlock space for sustainable and affordable homes close to the city centre, create new jobs, provide sustainable travel options, create good-quality public space, and improve access to the water.

The council is currently undertaking consultation to develop a city-wide vision for the future of the area that will inform and underpin a masterplan and delivery strategy. Find out more

(Image credit: Bristol Design)

Infrastructure enablers for growth

Investment in infrastructure is key to delivering regeneration and growth in the city with a key focus on flood defences and investment in mass transit.

Flood defence

Bristol City Council is working with the Environment Agency to deliver a long-term plan to better protect homes and businesses from flooding and enhance the River Avon for all in a way which works for Bristol year-round. Defences will provide new green spaces, better access to the river, enhanced heritage features, and improved transport connections. Find out more

Mass transit

The city is working on plans for a mass transit system for the region. This would be a high-capacity public transport network that provides fast, frequent and reliable services. Better transport will support the delivery of new homes, improve access to jobs and link communities with employment areas. By encouraging more people to move away from cars, it will result in less congestion, lower carbon emissions and improved air quality for Bristol. Find out more