Future plans for The Galleries revealed

Transformational proposals are being brought forward by Bristol-based developer Deeley Freed together with La Salle Investment Management, to comprehensively redevelop Bristol’s Galleries Shopping Centre, with consultation events planned for 13, 14 and 16 July.A spokesperson from Deeley Freed, said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to create a world-class vibrant destination, one which will help reinvigorate Bristol’s city centre, responding positively to the changing ways we now live, work and shop.

“The proposed development would be a truly mixed-use and diverse scheme with restaurants, shops and leisure, office space, heath facilities, a hotel, open market and affordable homes and student living that focuses both on the day and night-time economy. It will provide a complementary balance and range of uses that support the local community, boost the economy, address Bristol’s changing needs and priorities and ensure it continues to provide something for everyone.“The current centre occupies five acres of the city centre and the intention is to convert 30% of this into new quality public realm with urban greening and greater social inclusion. The centre also currently turns its back on Castle Park and the proposals look to reverse this especially along Newgate where new terraces are planned for café’s and restaurants facing the park.“We’d like to emphasise that we are at an early stage and the Galleries will remain open as usual for at least the next two years. We’d encourage people to continue to shop and support their local traders.”

Public consultation events

The public consultation events include:

  • A webinar on Wednesday 13 July at 6pm. Please register HERE
  • A public exhibition will be held on Thursday 14 July (from 3 to 7pm) and Saturday 16 July (from 10:30 to 13:30), on the ground floor of the Galleries opposite Boswells Café.
  • Two walking tours are also being organised to discuss the opportunity:
    Thursday 14 July at 12pm – register HERE
    Saturday 16 July at 10:30am – register HERE

Speaking about the retail situation, Head of Broadmead BID, Vivienne Kennedy said: “Shops and shopping centres across the country have been struggling as they try to compete against online retailers and rising living costs, while at the same time trying to bounce back from the pandemic. The high street is constantly evolving, always trying to meet consumer needs as they too change, and we see mixed use developments, with much more focus on the customer experience, as an excellent way to increase footfall, vibrancy and sustainability. We’d encourage people to get involved in the consultation as it’s in all our interests to get this important opportunity right.”

Further information can be found on the project website: www.galleriesfuture.com which will be updated after the exhibition.

1. Proposed view from the current middle of the scheme towards the Alms Houses
2. Proposed view along Newgate towards Wine Street