Have your say on plans for £300m university campus


The University of Bristol is urging residents and businesses to have their say on its vision for the new £300 million campus next to Bristol Temple Meads.

Known as the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus – the development will be one of the city’s key regeneration projects.

People will be able to share their views and help shape the new campus by taking part in an online consultation from 19 June to 21 July.

There will also be exhibitions of the plans at Engine Shed by Bristol Temple Meads and Beacon House on the Triangle from 20 June to 7 July, as well as consultation events at Engine Shed and Paintworks.

The seven-acre site includes the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island. Teaching and research on the campus will focus on digital technologies and their use by citizens, organisations and industry.

The University will also expand its Engine Shed enterprise hub and build a new student village together with improvements including new cycle and pedestrian links to the surrounding area.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “…Our new campus is very much a work in progress and we would welcome people’s feedback, on everything from education provision, research and innovation to community engagement and transport links.

“We don’t know exactly what it will look like yet, but we do know that we want it to feel welcoming to everyone and to be a place for the whole city to learn, explore and enjoy.”

Plans for turning the brownfield site into an open campus to benefit everyone could include the provision of further and adult education or creating spaces for community use.

The University will be working with Bristol City Council to ensure the campus complements plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone –  one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “…This new world class facility has the potential to turn a derelict site into an inclusive home for digital excellence, offering a vast range of opportunities and building on the city’s reputation as a leading digital city.”

When developed, the Enterprise Zone could attract over 17,000 jobs over its 25-year lifetime and add a further £100 million a year to the city’s economy.

A second round of consultation will follow in September before an outline planning application is submitted to Bristol City Council later in the year. Applications for individual buildings will follow, with further consultation in 2018/19.

Construction work is scheduled to start in 2019 and it is hoped the campus will open in time for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

The online consultation will run from 19 June to 21 July. To take part or for details of public exhibitions visit www.bristol.ac.uk/TempleQuarter To give feedback by phone call 0117 977 2002 to give feedback. You can also join the conversation on social media using the #TempleQuarter hashtag