The University of Bristol’s has submitted an outline planning application for its new £300 million city centre campus, which will transform the seven-acre site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station.
In addition to building state-of-the-art education and research facilities, the University aims to create a campus that is ‘welcoming and inclusive’, to be shared with local communities, visitors to the city and with business and industrial partners alike.
An economic statement about the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus – one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history – states that it will ‘not only make a large contribution to the economy, but also improve the image of Bristol as a place to work, live and do business’ once it opens in 2021.
Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “For the University of Bristol, the new campus provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the civic university.
“We are committed to creating a campus which both reflects our status as a world-class University and provides an open and welcoming space for the people and city of Bristol.
“Not only does the project build on Bristol’s reputation as one of the world’s leading digital cities, but it’s injecting life into a derelict site and creating unprecedented opportunities for our students and the community we’re so proud to be part of.”
Seven new buildings will transform the former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island, providing a mix of flexible research and teaching facilities, accommodation for up to 1,500 students and a range of commercial outlets.
Teaching and research will focus on digital technologies, their application by citizens, organisations and industry, and the innovation they drive. A new £43 million Quantum Technologies Information Centre has already been announced.
There are also plans for an innovation hub based on the successful Engine Shed model, with the aim of helping more start-up businesses to thrive.
The campus will initially cater for 3,500 students, the majority of whom will be postgraduates, and approximately 800 members of staff will be based there.