University campus vision approved

By Natalie Vincent - Wed 26 September 2018, 3:15 pm

Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won outline planning permission for its design of a £300 million city centre campus for the University of Bristol, less than two months after the scheme was approved.

Image courtesy of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The site will provide teaching, research and innovation space for 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students, and accommodation for up to 1,500 undergraduates and postgraduates, by transforming the former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Temple Island.  A new £43 million Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre has already been announced.

The main academic building will create a 'gateway' to Temple Meads railway station, while the public will be encouraged to use the campus' waterfront, cafes and shops, and the walking and cycling routes. The campus, which aims to take in its first students in 2021/22, will be car-free, apart from disabled access.

Professor Guy Orpen, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: "We are committed to a world-class centre for education, research, partnership and innovation that will be a success story not just for the university but for the city, its businesses, communities and citizens.

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