Tuesday 09 July 2019
Women in Property SW & The BPAA recently welcomed over 100 guests to JLL’s offices in Bristol for a breakfast seminar on Bristol’s One City Plan which sets out a vision for the future of the city until 2050. Tickets sold out in a matter of days so it is clearly a topic which everyone is interested in. Mayor Marvin Rees opened the event encouraging everyone in the room to get involved – saying their intention is to promote citizen-led debate, and that the plan is for everyone in Bristol - not a council-owned document. As well as the One City plan, the council are looking to promote a ‘Western Powerhouse’ – or ‘Engine’ (the name is up for grabs) which was launched the night before our event in the House of Lords. Both documents clearly set up to put Bristol firmly amongst the cities where investment needs to be in future years. Councillor Nicola Beech explained that the idea is for the Local Plan to fit in with the One City Plan – and that we should all look to the future to inform the buildings of today – consider how recycling is likely to increase and design that into the buildings. Nicola also asked us all to think about the quality of spaces we have a part in creating, and reminded everyone not just to focus on the buildings themselves, but also on “the spaces between buildings, and how people feel when they are in, or walking through, a space”. James Durie of Business West highlighted the need for social issues to have a priority for all business as social and economic issues go hand in hand. Councillor Asher Craig reminded the room to sign up to the Bristol Equality Charter if they haven’t already, and that diversity is important as a precursor to creativity. Asher told us how one of the reasons Channel 4 recently chose Bristol for their new hub at Finzels Reach is because of the diversity and creativity in the city – a clear indication that diversity also brings about business benefits. Colin Molton explained the focus the council currently has on regeneration of key areas and repurposing buildings to leave to revitalisation. Schemes like Frome Gateway and Temple Quarter will be transformational projects.