Land Securities and Hammerson’s Bristol partnership today unveiled a new name for its redevelopment of the city centre's Broadmead area

The £500m scheme will be called Cabot Circus, named after Bristolian John Cabot, who sailed from Bristol to America in 1497.

The development was originally known as Merchants Quarter, but this came under fire from community groups that were unhappy with the connotations linked to the city’s historical involvement in the slave trade.

The Merchants Quarter name was scrapped last year and the new name, Cabot Circus, will be the official name for the scheme, which opens next year.

It comprises around 1m sq ft (92,900 sq m) of retail and leisure, and will be anchored by a four-storey House of Fraser department store. National Amusements is also to open its Cinema de Lux cinema concept at the scheme.