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More details revealed for huge regeneration project in St Philip’s

By martin booth, Wednesday May 8, 2019

A “vibrant new canal-side community” could be created in what is currently a hidden and forgotten area of Bristol.

A 1,600-place secondary school, offices, 400 new homes and student accommodation are all planned for the transformation of an area centred around Silverthorne Lane overlooking the Feeder Canal.

The major regeneration site on the north side of the Feeder Canal is part of the plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, which stretches from Temple Meads to the Paintworks.

Buildings on Silverthorne Lane seen from Feeder Road – photo by Vivien Ragy

The school will be part of Oasis Community Learning, a multi-academy trust which already runs eight academies across the city.

Ally Eynon, development lead for Oasis Academy Temple Quarter, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting regeneration plan for Bristol. Areas such as Lawrence Hill and Barton Hill are especially in need of more school places, and we look forward to working with our local community to create the school they want and need.”

In addition to the new school, the site will include around 400 new homes, including affordable housing.

New employment space is also proposed for the former industrial brownfield site, with the University of Bristol confirmed as the development partner for this element.

Student accommodation forms the final piece of the development jigsaw, with some 750 student beds proposed.

Markham Hanson, managing director of developers Square Bay, said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the development partners we have teamed up with to deliver this fantastic regeneration opportunity for Bristol.

“This represents a very significant investment in the city, cementing Bristol’s reputation as a city that is open for business.”

The Silverthorne Lane site. Yellow – employment; green – residential; purple – school; blue – student accommodation 

A concept plan for Silverthorne Lane

Part of the site as seen from the St Philip’s Causeway

A public exhibition of the proposals takes place at Engine Shed on May 8 and 9. For more information, visit

Read more: More plans revealed for new homes and school in St Philip’s

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