Building a sporting quarter around Ashton Gate will allow football, rugby and basketball teams to play their games on one site. The works should be completed in 4 years at the latest.
New homes and multi-functional hall
The decision to create a sports complex around Ashton Gate, where Bristol City footballers and rugby union side Bristol Bears play on a daily basis, is expected to be made by the end of this year.
A planning bid has already been submitted to both Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council. Ashton Gate Stadium, the entity responsible for the project, would like to start construction works in 2022 and complete them at the turn of 2024 and 2025.
The investment consists of a 4,000-seat Sports and Convention Centre (SCC) and a new housing estate named "Longmoor Village" with 500 affordable homes. These two sites are to be just 500 metres apart, linked by the metrobus route and shared cycle/pedestrian paths.
Bristol Flyers basketball matches would be held at SCC. In addition, concerts and international exhibitions are to be organised. The estate between Ashton Vale and Long Ashton would consist mainly of 2,3 and 4-bedroom apartments, surrounded by greenery respecting principles of biodiversity.
Almost 3 years of planning
Ashton Gate Stadium made its first proposal to build a sporting quarter in September 2018. Based on several consultations with local residents and expert opinions, it was decided to lower the height of the tallest building by 5 floors. The community facilities will be expanded to include fitness and wellness rooms. They are to be added on the roof of the Sports and Convention Centre.
Another important change is the concept of a car-free north entrance near Ashton Road. New plans also include a multi-storey car park, hotel, gym, office space and an upgraded fan village.
Author: Tomasz Sobura