Bristol's changing face
The view as you drive into Bristol is a very different one to that of five years ago. Tollgate House - the ugly office block - and the neighbouring car park, have both disappeared.
Also gone is the familiar view from the end of the M32, as you move onto Newfoundland Street, of the concrete building that once housed Allied Carpets.
It's all been replaced, at least in the short term, by huge cranes, steel girders and half-completed buildings.
Within 18 months the cranes will be gone and Bristol will have a new city centre with a million sq ft of retail space.
This Cabot Circus development hasn't even reached its second year but already the approach to the city is totally changed.
Ray Brown, project manager at the Bristol Alliance, the group of firms behind the development, says the huge construction project has been demanding.
"The major challenge from the outset has been the removal of the earth to form the basement for the service deliveries for all of the shops.
"That's about 250,000 cubic metres of material. Getting that away from the site every day without causing undue traffic congestion has been a problem for us.
"And then bringing in about now 500 tonnes of steel a week, of which about 65% is recycled."
Bob De Barr from the Alliance, is in no doubt what affect the revamp would have.
"It will transform the city, frankly. And it will transform the Broadmead area. We've had a stagnant Broadmead for so long."
Broadmead was built up again in the 1950s after it was bombed during World War II, and it now undergoing huge change more than half a century later.
The latest change in the city centre is a new chapter in how modern Bristol was built.
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last updated: 18/09/07
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