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Outline planning permission granted for new University campus

An important milestone has been reached in the development of the University of Bristol’s new £300 million Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus – with outline planning permission granted.

The University plans to create an open and welcoming campus on the seven-acre site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, which will span the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island.

The new campus will provide teaching, research and innovation space for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students – with accommodation  for up to 1,500 undergraduates and postgraduates.

It is planned  to welcome the  first students  in 2021/22 – with the site “at the forefront of digital and management research”.

Members of the public will be encouraged to use the new spaces on the campus, including the waterfront, cafes and shops, and well-connected walking and cycling routes.

The outline planning permission covers the proposed density and scale of the buildings, as well as access to the site – rather than specific details about the appearance and layout of the new campus which will be submitted at a later stage.

The University has revised its initial proposals following feedback from Bristol City Council, local residents and other partners.

The main changes include reducing the height and changing the layout of the proposed student accommodation buildings on Arena Island – which range from 12 to 21 storeys. The  layout of buildings on the Cattle Market Road site have also been altered to improve navigation through the campus.

Aerial view of the proposed campus.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Guy Orpen, said: “Our plans to develop the site of the former sorting office next to right beside Brunel’s iconic station are exciting for both the city and its University.

“We are committed to delivering a world-class centre for education, research, partnership and innovation that will be a success story not just for the University but for the city, its businesses, communities and citizens.

“Our vision is for an open and welcoming campus, with high-quality buildings and inspiring public spaces. We want citizens and visitors to spend time here, whether it’s relaxing by the waterside, visiting a café, taking part in a workshop or working with the University to develop innovations for societal benefit.”

The University has agreed to work with the council and local residents to develop a student residential strategy to cope with increased student numbers to the city and its communities.

The campus will be car-free, apart from disabled access – with new public walking, cycling and bus links to the site.

To address possible overspill parking on neighbouring streets, the University has agreed in principle to provide a residents’ parking zone – subject to further discussions with the council and local communities.

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