Imagine you are walking one sunny summer day in Castle Park. Soon you will be in the shadow of a 26-story tower block on the former ambulance station.html As you look across the river, a vast 22-storey building will loom above Finzel’s reach. To the north of Castle Park, Wine Street will soon be a solid rank of high rises.
Bedminster is about to see the approval of a 1,500-person residential complex at the centre of which will be two towers of 22 and 20 storeys respectively. It is horrendously ugly. It looks like East Germany.
Totterdown is reeling from a proposed 18 storey tower on Bath Road.
Bristol is under threat.
We face a choice. Historic cities on the continent like Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Lyon, Copenhagen, and many others have chosen not to go high rise, typically building no higher than 7 floors. Tall buildings are deliberately contained on the outskirts, to preserve the city’s beauty. These are the richest cities in Europe, partly because they offer attractive life-styles as shown by their positions on quality-of-life tables.
Quality of life, liveable 19th century streetscapes full of bars and shops, attract highly skilled professionals. Do we want to sabotage Bristol’s economic future?
It is not as if these high rises are necessary. They’re cries for attention, like Castle Park, approved despite that fact that an alternative 11-storey plan would have had the same density, or the high rise planned for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, clearly another way of shouting “we’re here and we’re important!”
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