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Second chance to have your say on new city centre campus


A second consultation around the University of Bristol’s plans for a new £300 million campus next to Temple Meads station will take place this September.

Plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus regeneration project on the seven-acre site – which spans the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena island -were revealed in June.

Following feedback during the initial consultation period, the University will be presenting updated plans from 11 to 22 September – before submitting an outline planning proposal to Bristol City Council this autumn.

The old sorting office which will be redeveloped as part of the new campus. Picture by Tim Gander.


The outline planning application will include the proposed density and scale of the buildings, as well as access to the site.  Details about the appearance and layout of the new campus will be submitted at a later stage.

Plans are to create “a welcoming space” which belongs to the community. Teaching and research on the site will focus on digital technologies and their application by citizens, organisations and industry.

The University will also expand its Engine Shed enterprise hub and build a new student village together with improvements to the public realm, including new cycle and pedestrian links to the surrounding area and “high-quality landscaping”.

Construction work is due to start in 2019 and it is hoped the new campus will be opened in time for the 2021/22 academic year.

Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates at the University of Bristol, said: “We had lots of useful feedback during our outline planning consultation, which we’ve looked at carefully and used to help shape our plans.

“Following on from the public’s input, we’ve carried out a detailed transport assessment for the site which looks at off-site car parking, management of transport and construction impact. We’ve also done more work on flood risk.

“It’s been encouraging to see so much engagement, which we hope will continue throughout the planning process.”

This second phase of consultation includes an exhibition of the plans at Engine Shed next to Bristol Temple Meads train station, open 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

A public meeting will be held at Engine Shed on Tuesday 12 September, from 3pm to 7pm  – where people are urged to drop in, hear more and ask questions.

A second exhibition will also  be held in Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Representatives from the University will also be attending community events and creating a programme of events around the project to share its vision on how the campus will benefit the city.

People can share their feedback at any time from 11-22 September by emailing or calling 0117 977 2002. Updates will be given on the Temple Quarter Campus web page: