Planning permission granted for new Bristol campus

Outline planning permission has been granted for the University of Bristol's new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus

The University plans to create an open and welcoming campus on the seven-acre site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students, with accommodation on site for up to 1,500 undergraduates and postgraduates.

The campus, which aims to welcome its first students in 2021/22, will be at the forefront of digital and management research, education, skills and innovation.

Members of the public will be encouraged to use the new public spaces on the campus, including the waterfront, cafes and shops, and well-connected walking and cycling routes.

The outline planning permission covers the proposed density and scale of the buildings, as well as access to the site, rather than specific details about the appearance and layout of the new campus which will be submitted at a later stage of the planning application process.

The University revised its initial proposals for the £300 million campus following feedback from Bristol City Council, local residents and other partners.

Our vision is for an open and welcoming campus, with high-quality buildings and inspiring public spaces

The main academic building will create a ‘gateway’ to Bristol Temple Meads railway station and an iconic venue in the heart of the city for the University.

“Our vision is for an open and welcoming campus, with high-quality buildings and inspiring public spaces,” said Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.

“We want citizens and visitors to spend time here, whether it’s relaxing by the waterside, visiting a café, taking part in a workshop or working with the University to develop innovations for societal benefit.”