University commences consultation on next phase of development for new campus at Temple Quarter

Share your views as plans for new University campus evolve

The University of Bristol has unveiled the latest plans for its new state-of-the-art campus at Temple Quarter. Since the University secured conditional outline planning permission in July 2018, it has been working with communities, businesses, Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority to shape its plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, which is scheduled to open in 2022.

The first phase of public consultation features a series of events and exhibitions, as well as an online survey. Consultation will take place from 11 April to 1 May to gather feedback on the development of the new seven-acre campus in the heart of the city, to the east of Bristol Temple Meads station.

  • Phase one of the public consultation focuses on the detailed design of the student residential accommodation, located on Temple Island (formerly known as Arena Island) and the University will also be sharing an update on the proposed layout of the whole site.
  • 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.

TRESA hopes that the University will consider the local community as it brings these plans forward, and was disappointed to learn that no public events or meetings will be taking place in Totterdown – this is a particular concern given that the first phase of consultation will run over the Easter break and the second phase in the summer is likely to run during the main school holidays.

TRESA Directors will be attending key stakeholder sessions and a number of public sessions and will feedback its considered response as part of the consultation. In addition to the public consultation events organised by the University, TRESA is also keen to hear the views from local businesses and residents. Contact us via this website or via email We sincerely hope that it might be possible for the University to organise a future meeting in Totterdown to feedback the results of the first phase of consultation and provide an overview of what is likely to be presented in phase two.

The University states that these latest plans illustrate its vision to create a campus which is open to everyone and embedded in the life of the city. This will be achieved through the opening of new food and drink outlets, and a programme of social and cultural events to help create a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

A number of changes have been made following feedback:

These include all student accommodation being located on Temple Island; two buildings on the Cattle Market site, instead of three, to allow for more public spaces; and better pedestrian and cycle paths through the site.

  • Student accommodation is arranged in three buildings up to 21 storeys high and designed to wrap around a central courtyard. A total of 953 bedrooms are provided on the first floor and above with student wellbeing and future flexibility being key themes in driving the design.
  • The ground floor of the buildings, which will be metal clad to reflect the industrial heritage of the site, will feature a 24-hour student hub along with associated commercial outlets, such as shops, bars and cafes. Student wellbeing has underpinned the overall design of the buildings, with the inclusion of a large communal roof terrace, gym, outside spaces for fitness and studying, and a biodiversity roof.
  • The overall development, which is part of the wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area, will unlock new routes into and through Bristol Temple Meads station, as well as creating new walking and cycling routes to better connect East Bristol with the city centre.

There are a number of ways for the public to share their views on the plans.

ONLINE: Visit to view the plans and complete an online survey.


Public meeting:

Tuesday 16 April, 5pm to 7.30pm at Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, BS5 0AX.

 Drop-in sessions:

  • Tuesday 16 April, 12noon to 2pm & Thursday 25 April, 1pm to 3pm at Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH.
  • Wednesday 17 April, 5 pm to 7.30pm & Thursday 25 April, 5pm to 7pm at Hannah More School, New Kingsley Road, Bristol, BS2 0LT.
  • Saturday 27 April, 2pm to 4pm at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bristol, BS3 4EA.

For further information regarding consultation events, please contact: Avril Baker Consultancy, Consultation Co-ordinators, on 0117 977 2002 or