Bristol 'Green Gateways' ideas project focuses on improving entry points to the city

Organisers behind an ideas project to improve entry points to Bristol hope it may become a reality for Bristol's European Green Capital year in 2015.

The ‘Green Gateways’ project is being run by Bristol in Bloom, with partners at the Green Capital Partnership, the University of West of England (UWE Bristol), and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Six ‘Gateways’ including the Bath Bridge Roundabout, the Hotwells Road traffic island, and the Old Market overpass over Temple Way have been identified for the project which ultimately seeks to construct the ideas for Bristol 2015 and beyond.

Ten final year students on the UWE BA (Hons) architecture and planning course have drafted proposals for the sites as part of a ‘live brief’ that forms part of their degree work. The students are being mentored by architects and professionals from city-based practices and the RIBA Bristol & Bath Branch.

Each ‘gateway’ will combine urban and landscape design options in low, medium and high cost options, seek to enhance the ‘gateway’ area, and ‘signpost’ arrival and departure to Bristol. Designs will aim to be practically possible to build on site and seen as a permanent features of the urban scene.

Early designs include a sculptural project for the Three Lamps Junction that draws on Bristol’s industrial heritage.  Amy Dias and Anna-Maria Hinis proposed using timber and steel to create a sweep of posts of different heights, recollecting the suspension bridge, which lead the viewer’s eye to the Grade 2 Listed Three Lamps. 

Dudley Jones and Benjamin Williams focused on the Traffic Island where the A4 and A370 converge in Hotwells. They chose to focus on the heritage of the docks and the railway, and created an idea that combined industrial structures – a crane and a train carriage – with a planting scheme that was sustainable.  Pedestrians would be able to walk through the planting as they access the other side of the road, creating a ‘green link’ between the two roads.

Chair of Bristol in Bloom Mike Crooks said:  "Bristol in Bloom is seeking to really capitalize on the amazing opportunity 2015 offers the city, and to make lasting improvements would be a fantastic legacy for all the students and organisations involved, as well as those who use and interact with these ‘gateways’, whether pedestrian, cyclist, bus passenger or motorist."

Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Built Environment and Land Use Group and local architect Robert Narracott said: "Bristol’s European Green Capital Year is the culmination of years of effort and progress by many people in the city. For a number of ‘gateways’ to be improved and used by the people and visitors to the city is our way of improving the built environment."

The Green Gateways ideas will be revealed at the UWE Environment and Technology Degree Show on 5-7 June, and funding options will be explored in order to develop the plans to create the ideas in situ in spring 2015.


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