Plans have been unveiled to build a new permanent indoor ice rink, together with a skydiving and ski centre, at a site in Cribbs Causeway.
The proposals are part of a vision by the developer, Baylis Estates, to introduce an ‘active sports’ theme to the entertainment and retail opportunities available in the area and make Cribbs Causeway a ‘day-out’ destination.
The new facilities also include a sports store, hotel, restaurant, coffee ‘drive thru’ and car showroom and will be developed on land next to The Venue.
This site had previously been earmarked for the proposed Concorde Museum until an alternative museum site was secured through an agreement last year between the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and neighbouring Filton Airfield owner BAE Systems.
Prior to submitting a planning application, Baylis Estates will be carrying out a community engagement programme, including a public exhibition at The Mall shopping centre on Friday 19th June from 1pm until 7pm.
David Mace, Director at Baylis Estates, said:
“Our ambitious plans for the site include building a flagship permanent indoor ice rink so that residents across the district and the wider West of England area no longer have to travel to other parts of the country to access this sort of facility all year round.”
“An indoor skydiving and ski centre – the first in the South West – is also planned for the site, along with a sports store, hotel, restaurant, coffee ‘drive thru’ and car showroom, which will deliver significant social and economic benefits to the area.”
“We are really keen to develop an active sports theme on this site which links well with the adjoining leisure park at The Venue and will provide important and integrated facilities for the future development in and around Cribbs Causeway.”
A spokesperson for Planet Ice, who will operate the new ice rink, added:
“Planet Ice is Europe’s leader in ice leisure and we are really excited about the relationship between ourselves and the Cribbs Causeway development.”
“The new ice rink will offer some highly engaging and unique opportunities for the local community irrespective of physical, educational, or emotional barriers.”
“There will be a broad range of ice sports available, from ice hockey to speed skating, family time skating, and well-priced public skating seven days a week, plus our ‘learning’ programme where we teach skaters the principle of ice skating so they can go on to enjoy skating more confidently in a safe and fun environment.”
The three political group leaders on South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Pat Rooney, Cllr Ruth Davis and Cllr Matthew Riddle said:
“We have long supported improved facilities for our residents to enjoy and are excited to hear of these proposals. We welcome the continued interest in investment in South Gloucestershire. These proposals to bring a new permanent indoor ice rink back to the region, as well as building an indoor ski and sky-diving centre deserve serious consideration.”
“The timing of the proposals would also potentially allow integration with the wider Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, and the council will take this into account when formal planning application is submitted in due course. We encourage residents to give their feedback on the plans to the developers, to help shape the scheme.”
Subject to securing planning consent, the new facilities are expected to open in late 2016.
Source: Press release issued on behalf of Baylis Estates