The Bearpit currently acts as a pedestrian connectivity hub linking Broadmead to various parts of the city. Despite this is it is underused possibly due to its decaying image.
I aim to retain this circulation but introduce another use for the site, some form of activity. There is such a large amount of space that is being used inefficiently creating sparsely populated spaces.
I am proposing a sports court in the bear pit but still allowing room for circulation around the perimeter. This gives the space a dual purpose of activity and spectating/walking. It will hopefully make the Bearpit more of a destination rather than a thoroughfare.
The court will be elevated when in use. This will provide interesting views for passersby and hopefully encourage pedestrians to use the space and generate some interest in the area. This will act as a lively, energetic gateway to Bristol.
Precedent: BasketBar, NL Architects
The Bearpit has been at the centre of various regeneration projects in the past yet continues to be an under populated part of Bristol. It has huge potential to be a hub of activity in the city centre. The Bearpit is essentially the gateway to and from Bristol with most traffic passing around it and therefore needs to convey the vibrant, energetic and positive city that Bristol is. I have proposed a sports court within the Bearpit that can be elevated into the air when in use, to help create a more lively impression of the area to passersby. Hopefully this can attract people to the area, even as a spectator. The elevated court means the area can remain as a pedestrian connective hub allowing access to various parts of the city. This scheme should see the undeserved fear factor surrounding with the area diminish.