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Categories:  Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Junction Design
Client:   The Bristol Alliance (Hammerson/AXA JV)
Project Date:   2015 - Ongoing
Contact:  Roger Key
Location:  Broadmead Shopping Area, Bristol

Callowhill Court is a major mixed-use redevelopment led by retail, commercial and leisure uses on land in the heart of Bristol’s Broadmead shopping area. The development comprises up to 74,000m2 of retail and leisure (a net increase of 50,000m2), a hotel of up to 150 bedrooms, up to 150 residential units and a large multi storey car park, together with extensive enabling rearrangement of the local transport network and associated public realm works.

A key aim of the scheme is to fully pedestrianise the shopping area, where over 100 buses per hour pass along prime shopping thoroughfares, The Horsefair and Penn Street. To achieve this objective several bus route diversion options were considered jointly with Bristol City Council, in consultation with the main bus operators. The preferred option requires extensive alteration of the local, city centre road network and forms a central part of the transport strategy that enables the scheme master plan to be delivered.

To keep shopping traffic away from the retail area, access to the proposed multi-storey car park is via a new junction on an adjacent dual carriageway.  An unusual junction layout is proposed to minimise interruption of through traffic flows, including an important orbital bus lane.

With a fully pedestrianised shopping environment, pedestrian amenities are significantly enhanced. Meanwhile new cycle routes are proposed, along with extensive cycle parking to meet Council standards.  The scheme involves the loss of on-street disabled parking, which will be replaced locally, both on-street and within the MSCP.  New taxi stands are proposed. Servicing to existing stores on the retained section of The Horsefair is maintained, while a service basement is proposed below the new development with access via a new link to Bond Street.