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Bristol University unveils plans for Temple Quarter site

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University of Bristol has revealed its plans for the currently unused Temple Quarter site near Bristol Temple Meads Station.

The plans include building three tower blocks to house almost 1,000 students.

It is proposing an area known as 'Arena Island' which will have all student accommodation together in one place.

The accommodation is proposed to reach 21-storeys high, and be home to up to 953 students.

Construction work will start in 2020 and the campus aims to welcome its first students in 2022.

It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for 800 staff and 3,000 students.

It is estimated that the new campus will generate over 1,300 new jobs.

It is estimated that the new campus will generate over 1,300 new jobs. Credit: University of Bristol

Today marks the start of the public consultation process, several events and exhibitions, along with an online survey will be held from today until May 1st.

The aim of the public consultation is to gather feedback on the development of the proposed seven-acre campus.

The campus aims to welcome its first students in 2022. Credit: University of Bristol

Phase one of the public consultation focuses on the detailed design of the student residential accommodation, located on Temple Island (formerly known as Arena Island).

The University will also be sharing an update on the proposed layout of the whole site.

The overall development is part of the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area. Credit: University of Bristol

A second public consultation will follow in the summer, which will include the detailed design of the academic buildings on the site of the former cattle market and sorting office.

The overall development is part of the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area.

The aim is to unlock new routes into and through Bristol Temple Meads station, as well as creating new walking and cycling routes from East Bristol with the city centre.