Plans approved for new student homes

Thu 9 January 2020, 3:41 pm

Plans for the University of Bristol to build student accommodation have been given the green light as part of its major Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

The three buildings will be wrapped around a central courtyard housing 953 postgraduate students, which are located on part of Temple Island. The ground floor of the buildings will be metal-clad to reflect the industrial heritage of the site, and will have a 24-hour student hub along with shops. The upper floors will have a large communal roof terrace, common rooms and a biodiversity roof, and the building’s facilities also include a gym and outdoor fitness spaces.

Professor Guy Orpen, deputy vice-chancellor for new campus development, said: “The new campus is part of a wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area that will help contribute to economic and social growth and enhance Bristol's reputation as a global destination for innovation.

"The student accommodation, along with the new academic buildings which will replace the old Sorting Office and greet passengers at Bristol Temple Meads, will regenerate a long-dormant central area of the city by creating a welcoming campus in Temple Quarter to benefit the whole city."

The new campus will provide teaching, research and innovation space for 3,000 students, plus 800 staff, business and community partners.

Councillor Nicola Beech, the council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and city design, said “This is a welcome step as we work with the University of Bristol and other partners to create at Temple Quarter, a sustainable and flourishing new urban area that is welcoming to all – to live, work, learn – and build on Bristol’s strengths as a world class city.  

“The University's new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus is part of that ambition bringing with it innovation and job creation. The council is facilitating this by providing development and carrying out enabling works, including the demolition of the former Sorting Office at Cattlemarket Road.”