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28/09/2020

Bristol University consults on expansion plans

Words: Huw Morris
Bristol University

The University of Bristol has launched an online consultation on expansion plans at sites adjacent to its £300 million Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus development.

In recent years, the university has bought the Wales and West Utilities and Vauxhall and Kawasaki Drive sites in the St Philip’s area of the city.

It said developing these sites will complement its plans to build on Cattle Market Road and Temple Island and secure the university’s long-term future.

The public consultation is being held prior to the university submitting an outline planning application to Bristol City Council. The application will seek permission for a mix of research, enterprise and education spaces totalling 100,000 square metres along with improved public spaces. The university said the initial design has been heavily informed and influenced by the former industrial heritage of the site, with plans showing a series of stepped buildings ranging from four to eight stories.

The proposed car-free development includes a new public square, pedestrian routes to Barton Hill, additional bus and ferry stops and a footbridge over the floating harbour. The bridge would link the island to the railway station and academic buildings at the university’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, which received planning permission in March.

“The development of these sites represents an important next step in the evolution of our Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus and will act as a catalyst in the area to stimulate future development in St Philip’s,” said Bristol’s deputy vice-chancellor for new campus development Guy Orpen.

“We are in the early stages of developing long-term plans and as such do not have a definitive timeline or details of how these spaces will be used in the future. We are doing this now to secure the future of these sites and look forward to sharing more detailed plans in due course.”

The plans can be viewed here.

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