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10Feb94 UK: BIG BOOST FOR BRISTOL HARBOUR - DRIVERS JONAS COMPLETES STUDY.

Drivers Jonas has completed a major study of the development prospects for Bristol's Harbourside area and concluded that the massive £300 million scheme is feasible.Now city councillors will give the scheme top priority in Bristol's future development plans.A £35 million Centre for the Performing Arts is to become the centrepiece of the 26.4 ha site which will also include offices and homes.The complex would be sited on St Augustine's Reach which would become the focus for other leisure and cultural facilities including an IMAX cinema, an electronic zoo, and a new home for the Exploratory, Bristol's hands-on science centre.Offices are to be built on the Canon's Marsh area and there is potential for around 200 houses.Another residential development is planned for Wapping Wharf to the south of the harbour which has space for some 600 houses.The outline scheme has now been put forward to the sponsors group which includes the city council, Lloyds Bank, British Gas, British Rail and the JT Group. CONSTRUCTION NEWS