Mayor Marvin Rees will showcase Bristol’s major regeneration and development opportunities at global property conference MIPIM later this month (13-16 March).
Alongside West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, private and public sector partners from neighbouring authorities, leading Bristol-based businesses such as Burges Salmon, JLL, GVA and Arup, as well as Business West, and Invest Bristol and Bath, the mayor will host a series of events and receptions with more than 50 potential investors.
Bristol’s presence and activity at the international event, which attracts the world’s leading investors and developers, will focus on the city’s key strategic investment opportunities at Western Harbour (Cumberland Basin) and the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
The mayor will also use the opportunity to network with potential investors to outline other major infrastructure developments in the city including housing and regeneration and longer term projects such as the mass transit system.
Centred around Brunel’s historic Grade I listed Temple Meads station, Temple Quarter is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK. It is now home to a thriving business community made up of everything from global brands in state-of-the art commercial buildings to entrepreneurs and start-ups in the widely acclaimed and growing business incubators Engine Shed and SETsquared and elsewhere. This vibrant mix makes it the perfect location for the University of Bristol’s new £300 million campus, for which plans are currently being developed.
Bristol’s Western Harbour, currently dominated by the Cumberland Basin flyover is another area of huge potential. Mayor Marvin Rees and colleagues will explore ideas to bring more affordable housing to the city centre by extending the harbour as a residential area to the west, developing the land on both sides of the Avon, and replacing the existing road system with a new bridge at a lower point.
Bristol is one of several UK core cities attending MIPIM including Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle and Cardiff. The UK Government will also have a significant presence.
Mayor Marvin Rees said: “I’m very proud to be showcasing all that Bristol has to offer at MIPIM – a global event that attracts the world’s leading investors and developers.
“Bristol is developing a global reputation as an economically successful city and a fantastic place to live and work. We have ambitious plans for our city in terms of house building, regeneration and transport infrastructure, in order that Bristol’s success is shared by everyone.
“There are a number of really exciting opportunities, from Temple Quarter to the Western Harbour, where we are looking for major investors to come on board and help us make these plans a reality.”