Major plans unveiled for city centre shopping mall

A scheme which will see the redevelopment of a key site  in the centre of Bristol has gone before council planners.

Deeley Freed and LaSalle Investment Management have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre.

The Galleries occupies a key site in the heart of the city centre and has long been need of a revamp.

The plans will see the shopping centre transformed into a mixed-use redevelopment site opening up the city centre to Castle Park.

Deeley Freed, the development partner for LaSalle Investment Management, has submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of the shopping centre.

The proposals, if approved will provide much-needed housing and workspace as well as responding to the changing retail environment.

The scheme will transform the site into a much more diverse and landscape-rich environment, a day and night-time destination which focuses on community, place and bringing people back to the city centre.

The plans include up to 450 homes, 20% affordable; 10,000sqm of ground floor space for retail, leisure, food and beverage, health, and community uses; modern, highly-sustainable employment space of around 40,000sqm, a 250 room hotel or aparthotel, up to 750 student beds and 1.5 acres of high quality public realm and green space.

Max Freed from Bristol based Deeley Freed said: “We’re delighted to have submitted this planning application after a lengthy pre-application process. This is a vital scheme for Bristol and we’re very thankful to all those who have got involved in the consultation that has been going on for four years.

“This is a once in a generation chance to re-invent, revitalise and modernise such a large part of the city centre. Our vision involves completely transforming this inward-looking, 1980’s shopping centre, making the site more diverse, safe and green. The development opens up the city centre to Castle Park, with a real focus on addressing Bristol’s priorities around housing, health and wellbeing, climate, ecology, tourism and the economy.

“In response to feedback through the planning process, we’ve increased the public open space, incorporated more community space and reduced the height of the tallest element.”

The application is expected to be live on Bristol City Council’s planning portal shortly with determination anticipated later this year. The shopping centre will remains open as usual.