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Share your views as plans for new University campus evolve

View from Cattle Market Road. (White box indicative of potential development by others.)

View from station platform. (White box indicative of potential development by others.)

The former sorting office, next to Bristol Temple Meads station, is currently being demolished Chris Guy

Press release issued: 11 April 2019

The latest plans for the University of Bristol’s new state-of-the-art campus at Temple Quarter are being unveiled today [11 April] as the first phase of public consultation gets underway.

A series of events and exhibitions, as well as an online survey, will be held between now and 1 May to gather feedback on the development of a new seven-acre campus in the heart of the city, to the east of Bristol Temple Meads station.

Phase one of the public consultation focuses on the detailed design of the student residential accommodation, located on part of Temple Island and the University will also be sharing an update on the proposed layout of the whole site.

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

Since the University secured conditional outline planning permission in July 2018, it has been working with communities, businesses, Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority to shape its plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

A number of changes have been made following feedback. These include all student accommodation being located on Temple Island; two buildings on the Cattle Market site, instead of three, to allow for more public spaces; and better pedestrian and cycle paths through the site.

Student accommodation is arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high and designed to wrap around a central courtyard. A total of 953 bedrooms are provided on the first floor and above with student wellbeing and future flexibility being key themes in driving the design.

The ground floor of the buildings, which will be metal clad to reflect the industrial heritage of the site, will feature a 24-hour student hub along with associated commercial outlets, such as shops, bars and cafes. Student wellbeing has underpinned the overall design of the buildings, with the inclusion of a large communal roof terrace, gym, outside spaces for fitness and studying, and a biodiversity roof.

The overall development, which is part of the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area, will unlock new routes into and through Bristol Temple Meads station, as well as creating new walking and cycling routes to better connect East Bristol with the city centre.

The University's latest plans illustrate its vision to create a campus which is open to everyone and embedded in the life of the city. This will be achieved through the opening of new food and drink outlets, and a programme of social and cultural events to help create a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor for New Campus Development, said: "The development will be one of the city's most significant regeneration projects in recent history and we welcome people's feedback as our plans take shape.

"Our goal is to create high-quality spaces for everyone to enjoy, whether living, studying, working, socialising, visiting or passing through the campus. We’ve revised our plans to add more focus on the public spaces and to allow better routes for pedestrians and cyclists to move through the site.

"The wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area is really exciting and will transform a neglected area into a vibrant and inclusive city district. We hope the campus will create a dynamic ecosystem for knowledge creation, enhancing Bristol's reputation as a global destination for inclusive innovation."

The campus, which aims to welcome its first students in 2022, will be at the forefront of digital and management research, education, skills and innovation. It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students.

In addition to the construction work and the wider economic impacts, it is estimated that the new campus will generate over 1,300 new jobs, directly and indirectly.

Further information

Information about the public consultation

There are a number of ways for the public to share their views. Visit the Temple Quarter Campus website to view the plans and complete an online survey. There is also a public meeting and drop-in sessions.

Public meeting:

  • Tuesday 16 April, 5pm to 7.30pm at Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, BS5 0AX.

Drop-in sessions:

  • Tuesday 16 April, 12noon to 2pm & Thursday 25 April, 1pm to 3pm at Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH.
  • Wednesday 17 April, 5 pm to 7.30pm & Thursday 25 April, 5pm to 7pm at Hannah More School, New Kingsley Road, Bristol, BS2 0LT.
  • Saturday 27 April, 2pm to 4pm at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bristol, BS3 4EA.

For further information, please contact: Avril Baker Consultancy, Consultation Co-ordinators, on 0117 977 2002 or


January 2019: Demolition started on the former Royal Mail sorting office

11 April to 1 May 2019: Public consultation on the detailed designs of the student residential accommodation

July/August 2019: Public consultation on the masterplan and detailed design of the academic buildings on the Cattle Market Road site

2020: Start of work in site

2022: Campus due to open

The planning process

Conditional outline planning permission for the Temple Quarter Campus was granted in July 2018. This covers the proposed density and scale of the buildings, as well as access to the site. Following the two phases of consultation, the next stage is to submit reserved matters applications for the detailed design of the scheme.

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