At the University of Bristol, we're exploring new ways of delivering education and using technology to drive advances in society, health and business. To do this, we need a cutting-edge campus that meets the needs of our staff, students and partners.
After 100 years in Clifton, we have run out of viable space for expansion and this development presents us with exciting opportunity to re-engage with Bristol and its communities.
Timescales and funding
We're planning for the construction of our new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus to start in 2019, with a campus ready for students by the start of the 2021 academic year.
We have borrowed £200m to develop the campus and plan to work with government funding agencies as well as potential industrial and philanthropic donors.
Through ground-breaking research and creative answers to global problems, our new campus will serve both local and international communities. As well as fuelling the local economy and helping to attract both UK and international investment, we will transform an eyesore into a public space that the whole city can be proud of.
We're designing our new campus to become a vibrant part of the city and provide an open, inviting space for the local community. We want the new campus to be the base for community-focused adult education, and we are exploring the options for rooms in the academic buildings on the new campus to be made available for community meetings, exhibitions, and performance spaces. We also expect retail and hospitality outlets to be opened in the student residential village.
We are an internationally-leading university and so we expect to attract students from many places. As well as the UK, EU and international student population we already have, we are also very keen that the new campus attracts students from the local communities.
We intend to develop new degrees, delivered in ways which mean that people seeking to re-develop their skills mid-career can do so in ways that suit their needs, such as part-time study.
We are submitting an Outline Planning Application to seek agreement to the type of development proposed, as well as the key design principles around the mass, height and density of the development. We hope to have this planning permission by Spring 2018.
As with most large applications, we will then submit a Reserved Matters application to show detailed design and layout arrangements. We expect to submit this during through 2018 – 2019, following further public consultation.
The new campus is not dependent on the new Arena. However we are working closely with Bristol City Council and construction of the two projects could overlap.
Construction traffic and road access
Access to the site will be along Cattle Market Road from the west, or Albert Road/Feeder Road from the south and east for tall vehicles.
When construction begins, we will work with Bristol City Council to develop a traffic management plan and keep disruption to surrounding highways to a minimum.
Being a good neighbour
We will work with contractors to minimise noise and disturbance during construction. We don’t anticipate that noise from the site will be higher than background noise levels from the nearby roads and railway; nevertheless best practice measures will be put in place to minimise any nuisance. Mitigation measures include dust suppression, no idling vehicle policy and minimising delivery traffic.
It is University practice to sign up to the Considerate Constructor scheme.
Developing the site
Preparing the site
The land where the new campus will stand is currently owned by Bristol City Council.The site will formally be handed over to the University once it is vacant and remediation work is complete. The Council is responsible for this work, which will include demolition of the old sorting office and removal of a cholera burial pit. It is possible that unexploded ordnance might also be found on the site, and a management plan will be developed to account for this eventuality.
Remediation work is due to commence in October 2017 and be complete by Summer 2018. Bristol City Council have undertaken investigations on the site with oversight from engineering consultancy BuroHappold Engineering.
Network Rail will continue to own the boundary between the campus site and Bristol Temple Meads. The Council is in close liaison with Network Rail regarding the remediation works and any impact on railway operations will be appropriately agreed and managed between them.
Parts of the site are identified as having a high risk of flooding (defined as greater than 0.5% or a 1 in 200 chance in any given year). To minimise flood risk, including allowances for climate change, the building floor levels and external spaces of the site will be raised by approximately 1.5m to at least 10.52m above sea level (0.3m higher than the maximum water level predicted in the event of a flood). As well as protecting the campus site from flooding, this will also ensure that the campus development does not increase the flood risk for third parties in the surrounding area.
Impact of the new campus
The impact of the new campus on the Bristol skyline has been an important consideration from the outset of the project. The tallest building on the site (the student accommodation block) will be 25 storeys high.
Early visual assessment testing has informed our proposals as they have developed. This iterative process will continue through design development, and the final scheme will be subject to visual impact assessment as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment process.
The new campus will have no direct physical impact on the Grade I listed Temple Meads station buildings. The impact of the development on the setting of the station's listed buildings has been considered through the design process to date and investigations and analysis are on-going.
The University aims for its campuses to become net carbon neutral by 2030 and is working closely with Bristol City Council to achieve city wide energy targets.
The new campus could potentially link into the district heat network planned for the Enterprise Zone and will explore other innovative ways to embed sustainability.
Student population and housing
Currently 1,188 student bedrooms are proposed for a student village within the campus, which will be managed by a third party and split between the two sites.
Detailed designs of the buildings have not yet been developed and there will be further opportunity for consultation on these in due course.
The new campus fits into Bristol City Council’s plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The vision for the zone is for a liveable urban quarter, welcoming to all, with space for innovative businesses, new homes, an arena and new public spaces.
Public and commercial spaces
The campus will be a public space, creating new routes for people to travel across the city on foot and by bike, with links to Cattle Market Road and the future harbourside walkway.
Buildings on the new campus are likely to incorporate facilities for public use, including spaces for community focused adult education but potentially also community meeting spaces and performance areas. Business enterprise facilities, dining and meeting spaces and an allowance for commercial space (likely to include shops and cafes) will ensure the campus is populated and vibrant.
Plans for the exterior public spaces on the campus site have developed following review and consideration of Bristol City Council's Temple Quarter Enterprise Spatial Framework. A series of plazas around the academic buildings will provide high-quality public spaces for all and maximise public access to the Floating Harbour.
The proposed plaza on Arena Island will provide flexible open space for a variety of public events and activities, with south-facing terraced steps that can act as a spot to stop, socialise, or watch events from. A new harbourside plaza will provide an eye-catching approach to the new campus from Cattle Market Road, and tie into future plans for Totterdown Basin and the Feeder Canal, providing a green heart for the development. In the spirit of Bristol, this plaza could provide space for pop-up enterprises, food outlets and small events.
Traffic, parking and transport
Reaching the campus
As well as being next to Temple Meads Station, we’re also proposing to enhance the space along Cattle Market Road, with a new transport ‘hub’ at the entrance to the Cattle Market site to accommodate both extended public and University bus services. Staff, students and visitors will be encouraged to make use of these links to reach the campus in Clifton. There will be a taxi pick up and drop off point, as well as bicycle parking on the campus, for students, staff and members of the public using the buildings regularly.
We are also developing plans to include pedestrian and cycle routes which link up with existing networks to open both the Cattle Market and Arena Island as public thoroughfares.
There will be no parking on the new campus, except for blue badge parking and an electric vehicle charging bay. Staff, students and visitors will be encouraged to use public transport as well as walking and cycling.
We will work closely with Bristol City Council and local residents to pre-empt the issue of overspill parking in neighbouring streets and to monitor and respond appropriately to any problems.
Events at the Arena
Our planning team will work closely with Bristol City Council and factor major event days at the Arena into our planning. Once both the Arena and University campus are operational, we will continue to work closely with the council to mitigate for any issues.
Find out more
Our plans, the planning process, the site and its setting, transport and how you can get involved in shaping the new campus.