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Plans for student accommodation on Temple Island unveiled

By bristol247, Thursday Apr 11, 2019

The latest plans for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus reveal the first buildings that could be built on Temple Island.

Student accommodation has for several years been planned for a corner of the site that was also due to be the home for the city’s arena.

As part of the university’s new £300m campus, student accommodation will be arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high, providing 953 bedrooms.

The seven-acre campus on either side of Brock’s Bridge will now see all student accommodation being located on land previously known as Arena Island; and two buildings instead of three on the former sorting office site on Cattle Market Road.

The ground floor of the student accommodation towers will feature a 24-hour student hub along with shops, bars and cafes.

Architects say that student wellbeing has underpinned the overall design of the buildings, with plans for a large communal roof terrace, gym, outside spaces for fitness and studying, and a biodiversity roof.

The university hope that their latest plans illustrate its vision “to create a campus which is open to everyone and embedded in the life of the city”, achieved through the opening of new food and drink outlets, and a programme of social and cultural events.

The overall development is part of the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area

Professor Guy Orpen, deputy-vice-chancellor for new campus development, said: “The development will be one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history and we welcome people’s feedback as our plans take shape.

“Our goal is to create high-quality spaces for everyone to enjoy, whether living, studying, working, socialising, visiting or passing through the campus. We’ve revised our plans to add more focus on the public spaces and to allow better routes for pedestrians and cyclists to move through the site.

“The wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area is really exciting and will transform a neglected area into a vibrant and inclusive city district. We hope the campus will create a dynamic ecosystem for knowledge creation, enhancing Bristol’s reputation as a global destination for inclusive innovation.”

The new campus will be the first view of Bristol for many people arriving into the city by train

The campus, which aims to welcome its first students in 2022, aims to be at the forefront of digital and management research, education, skills and innovation. It will provide teaching, research and ‘innovation space’ for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students.

In addition to the construction work and the wider economic impacts, it is estimated that the new campus will generate more than 1,300 new jobs, directly and indirectly.

The first phase of public consultation is now underway on the plans. A second public consultation will follow in the summer, which will include the detailed design of the academic buildings and public spaces on the site of the former cattle market and sorting office, which is currently being demolished.

There are a number of ways for the public to share their views. Visit to view the plans and complete an online survey. There is also a public meeting and drop-in sessions.

Public meeting:
• Tuesday, April 16, 5pm-7.30pm at Barton Hill Settlement

Drop-in sessions:
• Tuesday, April 16, midday-2pm & Thursday, April 25, 1pm-3pm at Engine Shed
• Wednesday, April 17, 5pm-7.30pm & Thursday, April 25, 5pm-7pm at Hannah More School
• Saturday, April 27, 2pm-4pm at Windmill Hill City Farm

Student accommodation is arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high

Read more: A last look inside Bristol’s sorting office before demolition

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