Public consultation launched for new Temple Quarter sites

All images courtesy of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Images showing aerial views of the sites.

An online public consultation has been launched today (23 September) by the University of Bristol for sites next to the £300 million Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus development.

In recent years – the university has bought the Wales and West Utilities and Vauxhall and Kawasaki Drive sites in the St Philip’s area.

It hopes the development of these sites will complement existing plans to build on Cattle Market Road and Temple Island – “to secure the long-term future of the university”.

Artist’s impression of approach from Cattle Market Road

The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, to the east of Temple Meads, will be home to 3,000 students and 800 university staff as well as business and community partners – and will focus on “digital, business and social innovation”. 

The consultation this month is being held to hear the public’s views on the new sites – before the university submits an Outline Planning Application to Bristol City Council.

The application will seek permission for a mix of research, enterprise and education spaces along with improved public spaces.

Artist’s impression of new public square on Avon Street.

The initial design has been heavily influenced by the former industrial heritage of the site – with plans showing a series of stepped buildings ranging from four to eight storeys.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for New Campus Development, Professor Guy Orpen, said: “The development of these sites represents an important next step in the evolution of our Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus and will act as a catalyst in the area to stimulate future development in St Philip’s.

“We are in the early stages of developing long-term plans and as such do not have a definitive timeline or details of how these spaces will be used in the future. We are doing this now to secure the future of these sites and look forward to sharing more detailed plans in due course.

“We will continue working in collaboration with city partners to contribute to the placemaking potential in the area, help enhance travel routes to and from the city centre, create an inclusive city district and attract investment to further boost the local economy.”

In October 2019 planning permission was given for the new student accommodation which will house 953 students on part of Temple Island.

Public meetings and consultations were also held in April 2019 on plans for the accommodation and layout of the site and for the academic buildings in July and August last year.

The new plans show details of the proposed uses of the adjacent sites in St Philip’s as well as scale and access. They are available to view online and to give feedback from 23 September to 7 October.

For more information about Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus visit https://www.bristol.ac.uk/temple-quarter-campus/new-campus/