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Planning permission for student accommodation at Temple Quarter

University of Bristol has been given the green light by the city council for planned student accommodation to be built at Temple Quarter.

The accommodation will be home to 953 post-graduate students and is part of the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.  

Located on part of Temple Island, it will be arranged in three buildings wrapped around a central courtyard.

The ground floor of the buildings will be metal clad to reflect the industrial heritage of the site and feature a 24-hour student hub along with commercial outlets.

The upper floors include a large communal roof terrace, common rooms and a biodiversity roof, in addition to the living spaces. The facilities also include a gym and outdoor fitness spaces.

Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for New Campus Development, said: “This decision represents an important stage in the evolution of our plans to develop a world-leading innovation campus in the heart of the city of Bristol.

“Our goal is to create high-quality spaces for the University community, visitors and for people in the city.

“The new campus is part of a wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area that will help contribute to economic and social growth and enhance Bristol’s reputation as a global destination for innovation…”

The student accommodation, along with the new academic buildings will replace the old Sorting Office.

It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for 3,000 students, as well as 800 staff, business and community partners.

Outline planning permission for the campus was granted in July 2018 and a public consultation on the detailed designs of the public spaces and academic buildings was held this September.

The reserved matters planning application for this part of the campus is due to be submitted in November.