University of Bristol reveals Temple Meads campus plan

15 April 2019 (Last Updated April 15th, 2019 13:09)

The University of Bristol has revealed plans for three high-rise student accommodation blocks that are part of its £300m Temple Quarter Campus.

University of Bristol reveals Temple Meads campus plan
View of the buildings from station platform. Credit: University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has revealed plans for three high-rise student accommodation blocks that are part of its £300m Temple Quarter Campus.

The first phase of public consultation is underway. The university plans to hold several events and exhibitions, as well as an online survey, between now and 1 May.

This will help the university collect feedback on the development of a new seven-acre campus that is located to the east of Bristol Temple Meads station.

Designed to wrap around a central courtyard, the student accommodation will be arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high.

Nearly 1,000 bedrooms will be located on the first floor. Student wellbeing and future flexibility form the primary themes of the design aspect of these buildings, which will be metal clad to highlight the industrial heritage of the site.

The ground floor of these buildings will accommodate a 24-hour student hub and commercial outlets such as shops, bars and cafes.

Buildings will feature a large communal roof terrace, outside spaces for fitness and studying, gym and a biodiversity roof.

“Designed to wrap around a central courtyard, the student accommodation will be arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high.”

In July 2018, conditional outline planning permission for the site was granted. Under this plan, the proposed student accommodation buildings on Arena Islands ranged from 12 to 21 storeys.

Since the 2018 conditional planning permission, the university worked with communities, businesses, Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority for its plans on the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Several changes were made following feedback, which included all student accommodation being located on Temple Island; two buildings on the Cattle Market site, rather than three; more public spaces; and better pedestrian and cycle paths through the site.

The campus intends to welcome its first students in 2022. It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for around 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students.

Besides the construction work, it is estimated that the new campus will generate over 1,300 new direct and indirect jobs.