Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars, Bristol

Novell Tullett’s local knowledge of the site and prior relationship with the design team led to our appointment with the Bristol Alliance for this £500 million, mixed use, retail-led city quarter.

For 10 years, NT worked closely with Chapman Taylor helping to bring the scheme from initial concept through to completion with the practice responsible for new streets, squares, pedestrian areas of the highway and residential home zone. A long running public/stakeholder consultation was key to the acceptability of the proposals.

The scheme completely changed the quality of the shopping offer in the city and enhanced the main arrival at Bristol by refocusing the street on landmark buildings, remodelling highway areas, and substituting at-grade crossings for overhead walkways to reconnect adjoining districts.

Novell Tullett specifed excellent value Welsh, pennant paving stone, to match that found locally in Bristol so that the new streets run seamlessly into adjoining areas.

The scheme was reviewed by CABE who said that the landscape proposals were “subtle and sophisticated”. And Hammerson Director Jon Emery commented that the resulting streets would equal any European quality scheme.

The success of the design led to the practice being appointed to design the refurbishment of adjoining Broadmead (the ‘Greenline’).