New Ice Rink for Bristol with amazing views!

Bristol Council could look for a development partner to convert the top of Trenchard Street Car Park in to an Ice Rink.  
The location is perfect, close to where the old Ice Rink was based but this idea offers skaters and spectators some of the best urban landscape views of the city through the window's of the newly designed glass walled building added to the top floor.  

Why the contribution is important

Tranchard Street Car Park is accessible from Clifton and from the city centre, it's arguably the best building to see the roof top made in to an Ice Rink and because it's owned by Bristol Council it will be protected from commercial opportunists looking to make quick money at the expence of Bristol's leisure provision and opportunities for families and young people.  
The top of Trenchard Street Car Park ticks all the boxes and it will be an Ice Rink of the future!

by user946047 on November 27, 2013 at 10:58AM

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  • Posted by user718520 November 27, 2013 at 12:05

    We'd love to see another ice skating rink in the city or the Greater Bristol area. There's a great temporary one in Millenium Square at the moment run by at-Bristol - give it a go:

    Some ice skating rinks in the country are in council-owned leisure centres which receive a lot of public subsidy. All councils are in a similar position to Bristol in having to find a lot of savings. In our case, it's £90 million over the next three years (a quarter of current budget). If you look at the Mayor's budget proposals, it includes a reduction in the amount of subsidy for leisure centres. We simply aren't in a position to increase leisure subsidies at the moment.

    A great idea, but do you think it could be funded by a private developer without public subsidy?

    Also, do bear in mind the structure of Trenchard Street car park was built as a car park. Retrofitting the building with an ice rink on the roof wouldn't be easy.......
  • Posted by user946047 November 27, 2013 at 13:16

    Hi BCC, the idea isn't for you to pay for this to happen but instead to find a development partner.
    Read my next idea rather than using it as a comment here.
  • Posted by user734334 November 27, 2013 at 15:48

    Would be great for private developer to take this on but my guess is that it's going to cost mega bucks just to ensure the structure doesn't collapse from the increased weight.
  • Posted by user673142 November 28, 2013 at 08:49

    I would love to see a new ice rink in Bristol, preferably cheap and local to the centre so all could enjoy it. The problem is location and cost. The cost of properties in the city centre are just to high at the moment and all the warehouses/scrubland/brown spaces around the harbour side which might have been used are now being redeveloped into flats and offices.

    If I won big on the lottery, I would buy the old building across from Aardman Animations on Gas Ferry Road (Dilapidated brownstone) and convert that as its the only building with size and location that would be suitable. First thought, got to win the lottery....
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