Bristol propose £28M development of skydiving, ski centre & ice-rink

If planning get approval the 150,000 sq ft. would also include skydiving and skiing centre, ski-rink, hotel, restaurant, coffee “drive thru” and car showroom, aims to open in 2017 on Merlin Road, Cribbs Causeway, next to the Venue complex . This will boast The Sunday Times 'Best city to live' visitors as the facilities could welcome up to 2,500 visitors per day.

Developer Baylis Estates held a public exhibition inside the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, displaying proposals which they state received “an overwhelming level of support” from those who responded. 

David Mace, director of Baylis Estates, said: “We are really pleased at the level of support shown for these proposals. 

“These facilities will generate a number of economic and social benefits for the South West region and we are grateful for the substantial positive interest local people and organisations have shown in our plans.
 
“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… We are excited to be able to incorporate an indoor skydiving and ski centre – the first in the South West. The inclusion of a store, hotel, restaurant, coffee “drive thru” and car showroom will also help deliver significant social and economic benefits to the area.”


A spokesman from Planet Ice, who will operate the new ice rink, added: “The new ice rink will offer some highly engaging and unique opportunities for the local community. 

“There will be a broad range of ice sports available from ice hockey to speed skating, family time skating, and well-priced public skating 7 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.”

Bristol Alliance, owner and developer of Cabot Circus, has objected to the application. It said that the scheme, together with the other proposed for the area, would have an adverse impact on the city centre.