Empty land behind Temple Meads station could become two hotels and 108 flats

It was originally going to be a conference centre

Developers have submitted a planning application to build two hotels and a block of 108 flats on a site next to Temple Meads Station.  The plans would see three tower blocks built on an empty plot of land next to the Floating Harbour at Temple Quay, formerly used as a location for the pop-up Yurt Lush restaurant. Developers want to build a four-star hotel with 234 rooms, an aparthotel with 168 rooms and a block of ‘build-to-rent’ flats with 108 new homes. The three buildings would be built around a green space in the centre, and developers say they will plant 65 new trees, including riverside willows, at a location where Bristol City Council recently and controversially cut down trees by the water’s edge. Of the 108 flats, all would be rented out by the developers, and 20 per cent would be considered ‘affordable’ in planning terms.

The site, known as ‘Plot 3’, is the last of the Temple Quay area north of Temple Meads station to be built on. The residents of the block of flats would have private balconies, a rooftop garden, shared work and social spaces, and a gym in the building. And the developers conducted a pre-application consultation exercise in the summer of 2022.  It is the latest development scheme around Temple Meads to be announced this year, with the area’s transformation beginning to take shape. Developers last week submitted a planning application to knock down the old Robins & Day Peugeot garage and build 432 flats there.

The view of the proposed site at the steps next to Valentine Bridge, next to the existing ferry boat landing (Image: IKB Developments)