Future plans

We will update this page about developments in and close to the Broadmead BID area whenever we have news to share.

Former Debenhams building
An application for demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use development comprising residential (Class C3) and commercial (Class E) floorspace, together with amenity space, landscaping and public realm works, car parking, vehicular access, and servicing arrangements has been submitted to Bristol City Council. The development is known as Barr’s Street.

You can read the planning details and all related documents on the Bristol City Council website

The planning application was approved by a committee of councillors on 24 April 2024 – Bristol 24/7 and Bristol Live both covered the story.

The Galleries

The pre-submission consultation closed on 5 March 2024, and an outline planning application has now been submitted to Bristol City Council.
The application is live on Bristol City Council’s planning portal with determination anticipated later this year.
The shopping centre remains open as usual.

Press release
Bristol 24/7 covered the story

The Galleries – view from Castle Park


Former Marks & Spencer building
Sparks, an arts and sustainability hub opened in the former M&S building in 2023. It will be open until at least December 2025.
Find out more information on Sparks Bristol

St James Square
The Premier Inn at St James Barton Roundabout, next to the Bearpit, has come to the end of its life. Originally built in the 1970s as an office block, it became a hotel in 1999. Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, has decided to sell the site and invest further in its network of modern and energy-efficient hotels, including in Bristol.
Olympian’s proposals for St James Square Redevelopment of Bristol city centre, Haymarket, Premier Inn:

Olympian say:
‘There is a real opportunity to transform this unwelcoming site into a place with attractive and safe public spaces that much better connect Broadmead, Bristol Bus Station, the Bearpit and St James’ Park, and open up views to the listed St James’ Priory. That’s exactly what we propose to do.
We have pulled together an award-winning team of architects and landscape architects to reimagine this prominent city centre site with two new landmark buildings and opening up two-thirds of the ground floor for public space.’

The planning application was approved by committee in March, but the Civic Society have launched a legal challenge, as reported by the BBC.

Bristol City Council’s Development and Delivery Plan
Long-term transformation of the central area of Bristol. Your views will shape how the plan progresses.
The Development and Delivery Plan