Full steam ahead for UWE Bower Ashton development

The University is investing heavily in the redevelopment of its Bristol Bower Ashton Campus

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is forging ahead with exciting developments at the Bower Ashton Campus in the south of the city following a positive outcome of the latest planning application.

New buildings and major refurbishments coupled with the strong partnerships forged with the artistic and cultural sector in Bristol will provide students with a vibrant university experience.

Professor Alex Gilkison, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, said: “It is critical that we maintain a metropolitan base for the University in the city and Bower Ashton’s proximity to Bristol’s creative and cultural organisations, based in and around the harbour and city centre, enables us to continue developing new and strengthening existing partnerships.

“We have strong long term connections with Aardman, Arnolfini, BBC, Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives, Spike Island, and Watershed that we have developed to support the practice-oriented learning of UWE students.

It is critical that we maintain a metropolitan base for the University in the city

The plans include demolition of three of the current blocks at Bower Ashton Campus and the addition of three new three-storey buildings that will house both Digital Media and Physical Making Resources.

Refurbishment of remaining blocks will include development of a student hub and the entire site will benefit from improved vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access and related facilities.  The student hub will bring together catering, retail, Students Union, Student Support Services, Library, and IT support. 

A new entrance supports the Drama facilities, giving students the potential to offer public performances in an easy-to-reach space.

The developments will take place in phases, with ‘Building 1’ completing in spring 2017 and ‘Building 2’ aims to be completed in autumn 2018.


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