City & Country sets new record at the WhatHouse? Awards 2023
Faster train routes are turning the city into an ultimate commuter hotspot for Londoners, reports Liz Rowlinson
The electrification of the Great Western lines from London means that there will be a new non-stop train from Bristol Parkway into Paddington that takes just 68 minutes, as well as faster trains on the other line into London from Bristol Temple Meads, taking 1 hour and 19 minutes, with extra trains added to the route, too.
Bristol is getting closer to London in other ways: Management Today has declared Bristol the second-best city for business, and it is the second-largest digital tech cluster outside London. It is also the third-largest UK media hub outside the capital and Manchester;
The General, a converted hospital, where homes start from £525,000. Around Temple Meads is the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone – a tech hub that is something like Bristol’s answer to Kings Cross – a new city quarter that promises to provide 22,000 jobs by 2021, plus 2,000 built -to-rent apartments.