If the site does not become an artspace it will likely become student flats.

We believe that would not be good news for the following reasons…



  • Environmental impact.  The building is in good condition and only turns 40 years old in February 2019. Should we really be tearing down perfectly good buildings rather than re-purposing them for new use. Also the amount of energy needed to destroy this bomb and terrorism proof building will be considerable. This is not an environmentally sustainable approach.

  • Our proposal would not include large volume of demolition or construction therefore will reduce disruption to area.


  • A residential development could result in noise complaints to the council about the live music events at Trinity Centre. This would detrimentally impact on the Trinity Centre. Not just its music events but their wider viability and resilience as community resource.

  • Residential developments suffering noise issues from Trinity would lead to an unhappy residents base, which is not good for the community.

  • In recent years, we’ve seen a number of popular live music venues being restricted or closed-down due to new residential schemes. In St Paul’s, Stokes Croft, we are losing our live music venues, and they need protection if Bristol is to remain a cultural hub in the future.

  • The existing wall of Trinity Road Police Station running along Trinity Road is a sound barrier preventing the sound from Trinity reaching existing residential developments behind and next to the site. With this removed it could affect existing communities also.


  • Student developments are a controversial topic and only likely to get more controversial in Bristol in 2019 and 2020. The transient, temporary natures of these student populations that are separated from the public do not have a long term interest in the community they reside in therefore do not act to strengthen and build community links. Old Market’s decline is often attributed to what the Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood plan describes as ‘strategic planning decisions such as the implementation of the inner ring road, slum clearances and the creation of the Broadmead Shopping area have left Old Market and its surrounding neighbourhoods effectively cut of from the city. Much of its long established community was re-housed in other parts of Bristol.’. There is a risk that a student housing development would be another step in that story of decline.


  • Brexit could result in a downturn in the economy leading to a developer buying the land then banking it, not wanting to develop it until the economy more stable, resulting in a dilapidated, eyesore, bringing down the area.