Cabot Circus

Chapman Taylor, Bristol, 2008


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Urban regeneration masterplan in the centre of Bristol including a 140,000m2 shopping centre

The development incorporates several different elements including a shopping centre, catering, hotel, cinema, offices, housing and car parking.

The shopping centre is built on three multi-level pedestrianised streets flanked by shops. The streets, and the square where they converge, are covered by several large glass-panelled roofs. The roofs, which started out as a piece of public art, became the focal point of the design.

Each of the streets and squares were designed to express identity. Working in collaboration with other practices a variety of styles were achieved as each individual block was assigned to a separate architect.

Low-energy features include LED lighting to the streets and natural ventilation of the unconditioned streetscape. A sustainable approach was adopted and it was the first retail-led project to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.


  • Begun: Jan 2006
  • Completed: Jun 2008
  • Floor area: 140,000m2
  • Sectors: Master-planning, Retail
  • Total cost: £500M
  • Procurement: Design & Build
  • Address: Glass House, Bristol, BS1 3BX, United Kingdom

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