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Have your say on new university campus


Aerial view of the proposed campus. Pictures Chris Guy.

Local people can have their say on plans for the University of Bristol’s new 300 million state-of-the-art campus at Temple Quarter revealed today (11 April).

The university secured conditional outline planning permission in July 2018 for the development – with student accommodation arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high “wrapped around a central courtyard.”

A series of public events and online survey will gather feedback until 1 May on plans for the new seven-acre campus near Bristol Temple Meads station.

The first phase of the public consultation will be looking at the design of the student accommodation on Temple Island  – formerly known as Arena Island –  and the proposed layout of the whole site.

A second public consultation  in July and August will include the design of the academic buildings and public spaces on the site of the former cattle market and sorting office – where demolition started in January.

The university has been working with communities, businesses, Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority to shape its plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

A number of changes have been made following feedback. These include all student accommodation being located on Temple Island, two buildings on the cattle market site instead of three – to allow for more public spaces – and better pedestrian and cycle paths through the site.

The university says the ground floor of the buildings “will be metal clad to reflect the industrial heritage of the site”  and will feature a 24-hour student hub along with commercial outlets, such as shops, bars and cafes.

Student wellbeing “has underpinned the overall design of the buildings, with the inclusion of a large communal roof terrace, gym, outside spaces for fitness and studying, and a biodiversity roof.”

The overall development – part of the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area – will include creating new walking and cycling routes.

Work is due to start on the campus in 2020 – and it is hoped to welcome its first students there in 2022. The university says the new campus “will be at the forefront of digital and management research, education, skills and innovation.”

Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor for New Campus Development, says: “…Our goal is to create high-quality spaces for everyone to enjoy, whether living, studying, working, socialising, visiting or passing through the campus…”

The university says the campus will provide “teaching, research and innovation space for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students” and will also generate  an estimated 1,300 new jobs.

Public consultation

Visit to view the plans and complete an online survey.

Public meeting:

  • Tuesday 16 April, 5pm to 7.30pm at Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, BS5 0AX.

Drop-in sessions:

  • Tuesday 16 April, 12 noon to 2pm and Thursday 25 April, 1pm to 3pm at Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH.
  • Wednesday 17 April, 5 pm to 7.30pm & Thursday 25 April, 5pm to 7pm at Hannah More School, New Kingsley Road, Bristol, BS2 0LT.
  • Saturday 27 April, 2pm to 4pm at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bristol, BS3 4EA.

To view a video about the new campus visit: