The gallery demolition plan heralds a new city center for Bristol

A plan to demolish The Galleries shopping center and create a new part of Bristol city center has been formally submitted to the city council.

Developers have submitted an outline application to demolish the 34-year-old shopping center and multi-storey car park and in its place create a new city center for Bristol, with 450 new homes, shops, leisure facilities, restaurants, health and community spaces, a new hotel and accommodation for 750 students.

Those behind the plan say it will open up the rest of the city center to connect to Castle Park, and create new streets between Broadmead and the park filled with bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.

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The Galleries shopping center will remain open for the time being. Bristol Live first revealed that bosses of individual stores were given two years’ notice of the plans in early June 2022, but the shopping center is expected to remain open well into 2025 while first the outline and then the detailed planning application is made. goes through the processes at city hall.

The plan was proposed by the land’s owners, developers Deeley Freed and LaSalle Investment Management. “We are pleased to have submitted this planning application after a lengthy pre-application process,” said Max Freed, of Bristol-based Deeley Freed. “This is a vital plan for Bristol and we are very grateful to everyone who has been involved in the four-year consultation,” he added.

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