Cabot Circus

Cabot Circus

Broadmead, Bristol, England

51°27′32″N 2°35′06″W / 51.459°N 2.585°W / 51.459; -2.585Coordinates: 51°27′32″N 2°35′06″W / 51.459°N 2.585°W / 51.459; -2.585

Opening date
25 September 2008

Bristol Alliance

Stephanie Lacey

Land Securities & Hammerson

No. of stores and services

No. of anchor tenants
2 (House of Fraser & Harvey Nichols)

Total retail floor area
92,900 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft)

No. of floors

2,500 car spaces


(Retail & leisure floor area shown)[1]

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.[1] It opened in September 2008, after a ten-year planning and building project costing £500 million.[2]


1 History

1.1 Site

2 Retailers
3 Transport

3.1 Private vehicles
3.2 Public transport

4 Local community response
5 See also
6 References
7 External links

Before the building of Cabot Circus the site contained post war shopping units and part of the A4044 Bristol inner ring road. Tollgate House and its car park were also demolished, for the re-aligned part of the ring road and the Cabot Circus car park. Many old streets were wiped off the map, although these had long been devoid of their houses.

Opening day, 25 September 2008

The original chosen name ‘Merchants Quarter’ came under criticism due to its associations to the slave trade.[3] The name of Cabot was chosen following a public vote taken in November 2007,[4] and commemorates John Cabot, an Italian explorer who is closely associated with Bristol. Work began on the site in September 2005,[5] following planning approval in December 2003.[6] Cabot Circus comprises three multi-level pedestrianised streets, with apartment block areas. Its focal point, The Circus, has a large glass-panelled roof. The centre won the 2008 BREEAM Retail award for its sustainable design,[1] including its natural ventilation, low energy lighting and rainwater harvesting system. The complex was opened to shoppers on 25 September 2008.[2] Cabot