Tollgate House

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Tollgate House
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Town or city Bristol
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Tollgate House was a nineteen floor office building in the city of Bristol, England. It was located at the southern end of the M32 motorway leading into the city centre. [1]

Bristol City and county in England

Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 459,300. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK. The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.

M32 motorway freeway in South Gloucestershire and Bristol

The M32 is a motorway in South Gloucestershire and Bristol, England, which at roughly 4.4 miles (7.1 km) is one of Britain's shortest. It provides a link from the M4, a major motorway linking London and South Wales, to Bristol city centre and is maintained by Highways England, the national roads body.



The building was completed in 1975 and was the second tallest building in the city at the time of completion, with a height of 77 metres (253 ft). [1] It cost about £3.5 million to build and contained some of the most modern features in British civil architecture, including full air-conditioning. [2] By the 21st century, it was regarded by some as outdated and unfashionable; the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)'s president, George Ferguson, called Tollgate House one of the ugliest buildings in Britain. [3]

Royal Institute of British Architects professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971.

In 2003, the site was compulsory purchased for redevelopment by Bristol City Council. [1] In December 2005, the council announced that Tollgate House would be demolished as part of a £500 million revamp of the Broadmead retail area. [1] It was replaced by the car-park for the Cabot Circus retail development. [4] The building could not be demolished by explosives owing to nearby properties, so was dismantled floor by floor. The work took several months to complete and was finished by May 2006, at a total cost of £3.5 million (the same amount to construct it in the first place). [1] [5] The development received a BREEAM rating of "excellent", in part for recycling 90% of the waste generated during demolition on the site. [4] The project was part of a greater redevelopment of Bristol city centre. [6]

Cabot Circus

Cabot Circus is a shopping centre in Bristol, England. It is adjacent to Broadmead, a shopping district in Bristol city centre. The Cabot Circus development area contains shops, offices, a cinema, hotel and 250 apartments. It covers a total of 139,350 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft) floor space, of which 92,900 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft) is retail outlets and leisure facilities. It opened in September 2008, after a ten-year planning and building project costing £500 million.

BREEAM, first published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990, is the world's longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. More than 250,000 buildings have been BREEAM-certified and over a million are registered for certification – in more than 50 countries worldwide. BREEAM also has a tool which focuses on neighborhood development.

Bristol city centre human settlement in United Kingdom

Bristol city centre is the commercial, cultural and business centre of Bristol, England. It is the area north of the New Cut of the River Avon, bounded by Clifton Wood and Clifton to the north-west, Kingsdown and Cotham to the north, and St Pauls, Lawrence Hill and St Phillip's Marsh to the east. The Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the BBC, the main campus of the University of Bristol, the Crown and Magistrate's Courts, Temple Meads railway station, Bristol bus station, the Park Street, Broadmead and Cabot Circus shopping areas together with numerous music venues, theatres and restaurants are located in this area. The area consists of the council wards of Central, Hotwells & Harbourside, and part of Lawrence Hill.

In 2009, the council were ordered to pay £4.5 million to Ridgeland Properties Ltd, former owners of Tollgate House, after the compulsory purchase price was determined to be too low. [1]

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  2. "Landmark tower to be demolished". BBC News . 8 December 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. "X-list plan for 'vile' buildings". BBC News. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Cabot Circus's green credentials rated excellent". this is Evening Post. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
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  6. "Broadmead regeneration". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2015.

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