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UWE invests £37 million in creative industries

UWE Bristol has invested £15m on the City Campus since 2012, and this phase will see a further £22m capital injection

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | February 11, 2017 | Finance, legal, HR

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is moving towards the final phases of an ambitious and transformational development programme that will see a significant £37 million investment in creative industries education in Bristol. 

Professor Steve West, President and Vice-Chancellor said: “This strategic investment signals the importance that we place in the digital, creative industries, arts, theatre and music sectors and builds on our well established links and City wide partnerships. Our investment also supports our plans to expand nationally and internationally across the digital creative sectors.

“This is a hugely important sector for our economy and the Bristol City Region is leading the way. The opportunity to build on our current successes and engage with major Bristol based global organisations is very clear and we will want to develop collaborations which really break new ground.” 

Final reserved matters application has recently been submitted to planning for the latest phase, a new three storey building named the Design Studios that will accommodate workshops, studios and include the offices for the world acclaimed Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR).

Louise Jennings, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art, Creative Industries and Education, said: “Planning permission for this penultimate phase in the redevelopment at Bower Ashton is a critical milestone in our transformation of the City Campus. Future students will benefit from an inspirational working environment equipped with the latest technology and resources putting UWE Bristol at the forefront in creative industries higher education. Combined with our links with the creative sector in Bristol we will be offering the most sought after destination for creative students in the UK.” 

Future students will benefit from an inspirational working environment equipped with the latest technology and resources putting UWE Bristol at the forefront in creative industries higher education

The Design Studios will include workshops for electronics, wood work, metal welding, sandblasting, fibre glass work, enamel, ceramics and casting on the ground floor, teaching spaces on the first and second floors for interior design, fashion and textiles as well as the dedicated space for the CFPR.

Work will begin on the demolition of the old building that takes up the south side of campus during the summer of 2017 and the Design Studios will be built on the demolished site and ready to welcome new students in October 2018.

Work is currently on target for the new Film Studios for animation, film and photography that will open in September 2017. The demolition of two wings of an outdated building called C block, the development of a central courtyard, and other minor refurbishments of vacated spaces will follow and the Campus investment programme is on target to complete by 2019.

The appearance of the Design Studios will reflect the purpose and interior finishes will mimic raw materials such as wood and metal used in the workshops housed in the building.

Professor Steve West, President and Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol said, “The University has invested in transforming this beautiful Campus and creating an unrivalled infrastructure by strategically integrating opportunities for students with the creative sector in Bristol. Our students have unique access to facilities, businesses and organisations for placements, projects and internships through our unrivalled connections and partnerships in a city that is a magnet for the creative industries.”

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