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University of Bristol reveals plans for new £300 million campus

The seven acre site will cost £300 million to build. Photo: University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has released plans for its new £300 million campus next to Bristol Temple Meads.

Known as the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, the development will be one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history.

Now the University has opened up a public consultation for local residents and businesses to share their views on the proposals. It will be online from 19 June to 21 July. There will also be exhibitions of the plans at Engine Shed by Bristol Temple Meads and Beacon House on the Triangle from 20 June to 7 July, plus special consultation events at Engine Shed and Paintworks.

This is how the site will look if the University's current plans are accepted. Credit: University of Bristol

Across the seven-acre site there will be teaching and research focusing on digital technologies.

The plans span the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island. The University also wants to expand its Engine Shed enterprise hub and build a new student village.

New cycle lanes and pedestrian links to the surrounding area and high-quality landscaping of the surrounding public areas are also part of the planning ideas.

Aerial plans of the new University buildings. Credit: University of Bristol

We have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine the future of our University as one of the world’s great civic universities while also transforming a key site at the heart of our city.

Our new campus is very much a work in progress and we would welcome people’s feedback, on everything from education provision, research and innovation to community engagement and transport links.

– Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol

Fully developed, the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, which the University of Bristol Enterprise Campus will sit in, has the potential to attract over 17,000 jobs over its 25-year lifetime and add a further £100 million a year to the city's economy.

The current derelict sorting office which will be rebuilt into a campus building in the new plans. Credit: University of Bristol

I look forward to the development of plans for the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus planned for the heart of the Enterprise Zone. This new world class facility has the potential to turn a derelict site into an inclusive home for digital excellence, offering a vast range of opportunities and building on the city’s reputation as a leading digital city.

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

A second round consultation will follow in September before an outline planning application is submitted to Bristol City Council later in the year. Applications for individual buildings will follow, with further consultation in 2018/19.

Construction work is scheduled to get underway in 2019 and the University hopes the campus will open in time for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

The old Royal Mail sorting office is at the heart of the regeneration plans. Credit: Tim Gander Photography

Consultation information:

  • Online consultation runs online from 19 June to 21 July
  • Public exhibitions from 20 June to 7 July at Engine Shed (Monday to Friday open 8.30am to 5.30pm) and Beacon House (Monday to Friday open 8am to 7pm and weekends 10am to 4pm)
  • Consultation events at Engine Shed on 21 June and 5 July, from 3pm to 7pm, and at Paintworks on 4 July, from 3pm to 7pm
  • Those not online can call 0117 977 2002 to give feedback