Bristol University reveals enterprise campus plans

The new buildings will be located on a brownfield site adjacent to Bristol Temple Meads station and home to the university’s new school of management

Detailed designs for the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus have been released by the University of Bristol.

The new buildings will be at the centre of an ambitious plan to redevelop a derelict brownfield site next to Temple Meads station.

Outline planning permission has been granted for research, enterprise and teaching buildings which will house the university’s new school of management.

We are creating a dedicated space for collaboration and discovery where businesses, civic partners and the local community can work together with our students, academics and researchers
– Prof Guy Orpen, University of Bristol

The new campus will be built on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office on land adjacent to Temple Meads station
The new campus will be built on the site of a former Royal Mail sorting office on land adjacent to Temple Meads station

The seven-acre campus will provide space for 3,000 students and around 800 members of staff as well as external partners from business and the local community.

Prof Guy Orpen, deputy-vice-chancellor for new campus development, said: “We are creating a dedicated space for collaboration and discovery where businesses, civic partners and the local community can work together with our students, academics and researchers.

“This meeting of minds will develop fresh perspectives and explore how we can innovate responsibly, create an inclusive economy that works for everyone and address some of the future’s big research questions.”

The new centre will have an open air courtyard surrounded by glass panels
The new centre will have an open air courtyard surrounded by glass panels

The campus will include the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and much of its digital engineering activity. It will also include the recently announced Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre. There will be catering facilities, a café, shop and ground-floor facilities to host exhibitions, public events, lectures and film screenings.

The university is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and the new buildings have been designed to include a number of eco-friendly features, such as rainwater harvesting, a biodiverse roof, solar panels and heat recovery systems.

The campus will also be car-free and tie in with a new local transport hub with connections to rail, bus and metrobus services.


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