Revised plans submitted for Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus

A revised masterplan has been submitted to the council for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus – planned on derelict land near Temple Meads station.

The proposed £300 million campus will concentrate on educating postgraduate students and include a new student village. Work will focus on digital technologies, and how they are used by people, organisations and industries.

The new plan – in response to feedback from Bristol City Council and other partners – shows changes to the layout of the campus buildings for easier navigation through the site as well as “more open and welcoming spaces” for staff, students and local communities to enjoy.

There are now three buildings instead of four on the former sorting office site, with a place at the heart of the campus to meet and relax.

To the west of the site will be the development of a new station access, providing an entrance to the campus from this proposed pedestrian link. Pedestrian, cycle and transport links have also been re-aligned to work with the new layout.

Improved connections with the waterside mean  cafés and other facilities can be nearer to the waterfront – while the university says adjustments to the layout of the residential buildings on Arena Island will bring better connections to the rest of this site.

Bursar and Director of Estates for the University of Bristol, Patrick Finch, says: “We have responded to feedback on our initial masterplan and have made some changes to the layout to make our public spaces even more welcoming and accessible and to allow for an improved future connection to Temple Meads station.

“Our illustrative masterplan however is not set in stone and will evolve during the design process as we work to create a new campus that is connected to the city and part of a vibrant new city quarter.

“As the designs develop there will be many more opportunities for our partners and neighbours to engage with us and comment on our plans.”

The illustrative masterplan forms part of the University’s Outline Planning Application for the campus – due to be considered by the council. Details can be found on Bristol City Council’s planning portal.

The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus will be at the forefront of digital and business research.  It will offer new opportunities for the University to connect with the city, create jobs and celebrate Bristol culture.


June-September 2017: Consultation on outline planning application

November 2017: Submission of outline planning application

February 2018: Work started to prepare for the demolition of the former sorting office building

Autumn 2018: Consultation on detailed designs and reserved matters

2019: Work to begin on site

2021/22: Campus opens