Cabot Circus - Bristol, UK

Chapman Taylor - masterplan
Stanton Williams designer of the House of Fraser store
Wilkinson Eyre, Alec French, EPR, AWW and Stride Treglown were also involved.
Date Built
Opened September, 2008
Broadmead, Bristol
Chapman Taylor say of the Cabot Circus shopping centre that in creating the design for the development they consulted with the artist Nayan Kulkarni and the engineers Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, " ... to give rise to one of the scheme's most dramatic elements; a free-form, shell-shaped glass roof, the first of its kind in Europe."  The Cabot Circus website says that it contains, " ... 140 shops, two department stores, several restaurants, a thirteen-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux, a Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf centre and is split into two areas, the circus itself and Quakers Friars.  The Circus is divided into three streets and multiple levels."

The shopping centre is named after John Cabot, the 15th Century Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto, who lived in Bristol, from where he set off on many of his voyages.


Cabot Circus carpark has 2,500 spaces.

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