Plans revealed for new seven-acre University of Bristol campus at Temple Quarter

The public can take part in the consultation of the plans between 9–25 September

The campus, to be built on the site of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, will be home to the university’s new School of Management. It’s due to have teaching, research and innovation space for 3,000 students and 800 staff.

The buildings have been sustainably designed with features such as rainwater harvesting, a biodiverse roof, solar panels and heat recovery systems.

As part of a wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area, the new development will contribute to economic growth in the city and new walking and cycling (pedestrian) paths will join the city centre to east Bristol.

Outline planning permission for the campus has already been granted and a public consultation on the student residential accommodation, at the north end of Temple Island, was held in April.

The campus will house some of the world’s most high-tech facilities, a variety of learning, study and collaboration areas, state-of-the-art labs, research facilities and social spaces.

A Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, belonging to the university’s new School of Management and much of the school’s digital engineering activity will be on campus, as well as the recently announced Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre.

Sustainable design features on the new build will help the university achieve its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030 and the site will be car-free to reduce pollution. There are proposals for a new transport hub at the entrance of the site for extended public bus services.

The ground floor will host exhibitions, public events, such as lectures and film screenings, and pop-up catering, as well as a café and shop, putting local communities at the heart of the building.

Professor Guy Orpen, deputy vice-chancellor for New Campus Development, said: “We are excited to share our vision for the campus and look forward to hearing people’s feedback. “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.”

Members of the public can take part in the consultation online at or in person by visiting drop-in sessions or public meetings, where it is possible to meet the team and ask questions.

The next drop-in session will be on Thursday 12 September, 5–7pm at Barton Hill Settlement, Terrace Room, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol BS5 0AX.

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