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Whats new in BS and BA

Posted on:Jan 7, 2016
Category:In The News In BS and BA 
Posted by:John


2016 promises to be a year of cultural development in Bristol. In addition to the long awaited further upgrades to the Colston Hall we will also see a new look St Georges hall and hopefully work to start on the new Brunel Museum.

St Georges hall music venue will remain open whilst the preliminary works goes ahead commencing in spring this year although it will close for 5 months whilst the major work is carried out in summer 2017. A new extension will contain a café and box office plus new workshops, gallery spaces and backstage facilities will all be improved.


The Brunel museum is planned for the harbour side next to the SS great Britain. Partially funded by the heritage lottery fund it will include galleries, a cage and Brunels drawing office and will showcase many of his personal possessions never seen before.

The planning application has been submitted and if all goes to schedule Bristolians will be able to celebrate the citys greatest engineer in Spring 2017.

Bristols controversial RPZ scheme came to an end last week when the final zone was introduced at Spike island. Brainchild of our mayor George Ferguson the schemes have polarised opinions across the city. We are assured there will be no further extensions to the scheme without consulatations with neighbourhood groups. Personally I can now visit my accountant in Clifton and always find somewhere to park so I think it’s a terrific idea.

The latest entertainment venue to open in Bristol is Airhop. Based in Patchway it is europes largest trampoline park and consists of 135 interconnected trampolines that are not only on the floor but also wall to wall. Pass the sick bag please !

Bristols Michelin starred restaurant Casamia is to relocate from Westbury to underneath the new residential development at the old Bristol general hospital. Winners of the best restaurant title by Bristol good food awards for the past three years they plan to open this month and have also put in place plans to open two further eateries in the same location. Paco tapas will offer the very best of Spanish cooking and the Pi shop will serve pizzas from a wood fired oven. Designed to offer a more casual eating experience to the fine dining at Casamia planned opening is April 2016.



Ever onwards and upwards with the expansion of Bath.

There are no less than three new hotels currently planned for Bath. The Apex hotel group are currently building a 180 bed in central bath on the site of an old office block within the conservation area.

Midas construction have secured the two year contract for a 148 bedroom hotel alongside a Casino and restaurants and Englands oldest brewer Samuel Smith have had an application approved for a twelve bed boutique hotel on the site of an old school in Broad street.

The hotel explosion runs alongside the massive increase in student accommodation which is required as Bath university expects its population to increase by 9200 by 2020.

The new greenpark development will provide 461 beds but much more will be needed if the planned expansion of bodies is to go ahead. One wonders how the city will accommodate not only the massive increase in tourists and students but cope with the demand for increased office space, which bath desperately needs, alongside affordable residential space for the people who actually want to live and earn a living in Bath.

New hotels require staff, new students require teachers and ancillary workers to cater for them. The huge Dyson expansion in Malmesbury will see an influx of technical and skilled workers all seeking accommodation.

Will those ever so strict planning rules have to be relaxed to accommodate all the competing factors.

Congratulations to Bath RUH who have been awarded the soil associations “food for life” bronze catering mark for the food it serves staff, patients and visitors. Demonstrating a commitment to seasonal, sustainable, free range, local and healthy food the award is an exceptional achievement in the healthcare sector which does not carry the best reputation for food quality and the RUH is one of only 29 hospitals in the country to have achieved this recogoniton

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