Gainsborough Square Regeneration Project

Gainsborough Square regeneration project


Gainsborough Square is a local centre for people living in Lockleaze, providing shops, a park and other facilities. The council is planning to spend up to £2.5 million improving the square.

This will include new pathways and improvements to the streets and green space. Some land around the square will also be redeveloped.

We have already worked with local people to find out what they’d like to happen. These ideas have been included in the Community’s Vision for Lockleaze (pdf, 8.0 MB) (opens new window) .

The Gainsborough Square Regeneration Project will use this vision to guide future development and investment.

We will also work in consultation with Lockleaze Voice Neighbourhood Development Forum, which is producing a neighbourhood plan for the wider Lockleaze area.

Proposals for the pavilion and canopy at Gainsborough Square

The planning application for the pavilion canopy proposed within the green space at Gainsborough Square has been approved and can be viewed online on the Councils planning website. 

The application number is 15/00022/FB. 

You can see the Design and Access Statement (pdf, 4.9 MB) (opens new window) which forms part of the application.

You can also come to the next Lockleaze Forum meeting (10 February) where you can look at the planning application proposals. 

If you would like any further information or to comment on the application please contact the Development Management team at

Regeneration strategy

We are working on a strategy for positive change at Gainsborough Square. Throughout summer and autumn 2012 we met with local people and other stakeholders to develop ideas for the future.

Public realm improvement project

In autumn 2012 we began to design improvements to the ‘public realm’ at Gainsborough Square. What we mean by public realm is the green space, streets, pathways and play area. A group of local residents, including the two Lockleaze Ward Councillors, have worked with us.

Towards the end of 2012 we put some ideas on display in the Cameron Centre.

Local people gave us feedback which has informed our designs. The ideas exhibition and a summary of feedback can both be downloaded from ‘related documents’.

The feedback summary includes a plan of the proposals for the square.

What’s happening now: Autumn 2015

The regeneration works at Gainsborough Square are finished, and we are now looking at the final works on the highway and finishing the landscape works this Winter. 

We have

  • replaced the old substation with a new one in the grass area on Bonnington Walk
  • extended the children’s play area with new seats, trees and play equipment
  • created new footpaths across and around the Square
  • levelled the football pitch and installed new goals and hoops
  • installed new kerbs and parking areas to help the flow of traffic
  • re-paved the paths and resurfaced the main carriageway
  • putting in new bus stops and shelters.
  • built the decked pavilion area for events, the canopy will be installed later this year
  • provided electricity connections for the Christmas Tree which will be in the centre of the Square

Love Lockleaze Festival

The Mayor unveiled a plaque to officially open the regenerated Gainsborough Square. The plaque is fixed onto the raised planter in the garden space at the top corner of the square.

He then cut a ribbon to officially open the extended new children’s play area in the square, before helping to plant herbs and flowers into the raised bed with local children and volunteers.

For other local events, look at the Love Lockleaze facebook page.  Also look at the activities supported by the Lockleaze Forum, and go along to their meetings.

The Hub

United Communities have built  the new ‘Hub’ buildings on the east side of the Square and they celebrated the opening last year.  The development has 28 affordable homes, a new community hub and space for local businesses.

The community hub will include a hall available for community hire and a permanent base for 'Boing!' a children’s soft play and multi-activity centre.

More information is at United Communities.

Events at Gainsborough Square

The football area was the location for an art project to design and build a temporary performance space and explore ideas of a new pavilion. This is a collaboration project between local young people and artists, architects, designers and engineers.

There have been activities taking place at the Vench to explore the ideas and designs for the permanent sheltered canopy or pavilion in the square.

There will be lots of events taking place in and around the square during October half term holiday supported by United Communities. 

More information is at United Communities.

Contact information

City Design Group, Brunel House, St George's Road, Bristol, BS1 5UY
Telephone 0117 922 4742