Retail Property - Bristol centre backs calls for flight museum

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, north Bristol, owned by Prudential and anchored by John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, is backing plans for an aviation museum at Filton, close to the 70,000 sq m centre.

A consultant's report says that the museum, just south of the M4/M5 interchange, has the potential to be an international tourist attraction. It would also increase footfall at the regional shopping centre with visitors combining trips to the museum with shopping at Cribbs Causeway.

The plans are being backed by other major local employers, including Rolls Royce, Airbus and South Gloucestershire Council. The centrepiece of the museum is hoped to be Concorde 216, the last Concorde to be designed and built at Filton. BA announced that it is to end Concorde flights in the autumn.