Our Estate

The current Estate

The University owns over 600 acres of land in and around Bristol and makes use of over 370 buildings, representing gross space of some 375,000 m2.  Teaching and research are concentrated in the University campus together with nearby sites including Berkeley Square, Whiteladies Road, Southwell Street and Lower Maudlin Street.  Teaching and research also take place at sites outside Bristol, for example at the School of Clinical Veterinary Science at Langford.  In addition, the University makes use of space and facilities in several NHS hospitals, including the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Eye Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, Paul O'Gorman Children's Hospital, Frenchay Hospital and Southmead Hospital.

The University owns residential properties for students.  There are six Halls of Residence at Stoke Bishop, three Halls of Residence in Clifton and two Hostels at Langford.  In addition, there are a number of Student Houses within a one-mile radius of the campus, and a few properties arranged as flats for student couples and families.  

A number of buildings in the campus and elsewhere house administrative offices, catering and recreational facilities and professional services such as the Students' Health Service and Careers Service.  The University's central administration is based in Senate House.  The home of the Students' Union in the Richmond Building on Queen's Road contains a mixture of office and recreational space, and also houses various student support services.  The central security and 24-hour enquiry centre is located in the Royal Fort Gatehouse; strategically placed CCTV cameras are monitored from here so as to be able to react quickly to incidences of crime.

The University's sports facilities include an indoor Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, a swimming pool (in the basement of the Richmond Building), outdoor sports pitches and tennis courts and an indoor tennis centre at Coombe Dingle and boat houses at Saltford.

The University has a number of attractive gardens, most notable of which are the Royal Fort gardens; the Holmes (opposite Churchill Hall), which is also home to the University's Botanic Garden; and the gardens at Goldney Hall and Langford House.

The University's building stock is varied.  The buildings range in age from late 17th century to 21st century.   Many are purpose-built, from Fry Building and the Wills Memorial Building dating from the 1920's, through the 1960's Richmond Building to the late 1990's Merchant Venturers Building and Synthetic Chemistry Building.  The University has more than 60 listed buildings and features three grade I (Clifton Hill House, Royal Fort House and Goldney Hall Grotto) together with thirteen grade II* buildings.  The campus falls within four separate conservation areas.

Investment in the University's infrastructure continues and most recently into a new building for the Life Sciences on the corner of Tyndall Avenue and St Michael's Hill; a £54million investment.

The University's Estate Strategy

The University's needs are constantly changing due to developments in teaching and learning, the development of research areas, technological advances, the acquisition of new equipment and growth in information technology.

The University's Estate Strategy is based upon a 25 year Masterplan, a document which sets out both the current position and the University's needs over the coming years, based on assumed levels of activity and expansion, expressed in terms of the amount of academic, residential and other space required.  As academic initiatives develop, they are fitted into the Masterplan to ensure the University's estate develops in an adaptive and co-ordinated manner.  Each proposed project requires approval of a Stage 0 and Stage 1 business case before any building work can be put forward for the Capital Programme.  The University's Senior Team meets regularly to consider project proposals and reports the results of these to the Capital Programme for approval by council.

Given the current funding levels, the University estate is now approaching its maximum sustainable size.  Any expansion will need to be accompanied by disposals of property elsewhere or by ensuring that costs for new projects are accompanied by adequate endowments to cover running and maintenance costs over the building's full life-span.  The University has a long-term capital maintenance strategy that allows co-ordination of funding for academic initiatives that require building upgrades.

The University's general strategic priorities are to develop and maintain a flexible, sustainable estate, to make more intensive use of existing facilities, to re-allocate space from departments in surplus to departments in deficit, and to consolidate development within the enlarged campus.  All land and buildings falling within the campus are notionally designated for University use, the understanding with the City Council being that the University will seek to acquire the few remaining properties in this area when they come onto the market.

Plans are well advanced for the re-modelling of the main Bristol campus based around the former Children's Hospital site and Tyndall Avenue.  It is planned to concentrate student activity within the heart of the campus, building upon the success of the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health.

Estate Renewal 2017/18

The University is currently in the process of acquiring new office space, for the relocation of a number of Professional Services staff, in order to facilitate its strategic plans.

In January 2017, several floors were leased at 31 Great George Street, just off Park Street.

In April 2017, a newly refurbished 5 storey office building at Augustine's Courtyard was purchased, located in the City Centre just behind the Bristol Hippodrome.

Information for staff is available, including FAQs for those who are moving to a new building.