University of Bristol submits plans for £300m new campus

WCN Editorial Team 27 Nov 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Bristol has submitted an outline planning application to the Bristol City Council for a new £300m city centre campus adjacent to Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

Seven new buildings will be constructed on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island to provide research and teaching facilities and accommodation for 1,500 students and commercial outlets.

The campus will be car-free and the university intends to make it carbon-neutral by 2030.

Exclusive bus routes will link it to the Clifton campus and new walking and cycle routes will connect the new campus with the neighbourhood.

Initially, the campus will cater to 3,500 students, mostly postgraduates, and approximately 800 staff members.

The university plans to run a public consultation on its detailed plans in 2018 if the outline planning application is approved by the Bristol City Council.

Work on the site is expected to begin in 2019 and the first phase of the new campus is likely to be opened for the 2021-22 academic year.

A £43m Quantum Technologies Information Centre has already been announced for the university and plans are being prepared for an innovation hub based on the Engine Shed model to help start-ups.

The university will open up facilities for public use, including a training and skills centre and resources, which can be used by community groups.

The university will design and develop new degree programmes in collaboration with industry and other partner organisations.

It also plans to work with other partners such as community and cultural organisations, social enterprises and the NHS.

The university is working with the Bristol City Council to ensure that the campus is in accordance with plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, an urban regeneration project in the UK.

University of Bristol Vice-Chancellor and president Prof Hugh Brady said: “For the University of Bristol, the new campus provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-imagine 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.”

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