The detailed designs of buildings and public spaces to be created at Temple Quarter on the site of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office have been revealed, with the University of Bristol looking to create a striking new landmark for the city through its new campus.

The new campus will have a clear focus on digital, business and social innovation, and will house the University’s new School of Management, its Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and much of its digital engineering activity. It will also include the recently announced Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre.

The new seven-acre campus will provide teaching, research and innovation space for 3,000 students, around 800 members of staff and external partners from business and the city’s communities.

Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor for New Campus Development, said: “We are excited to share our vision for the campus and look forward to hearing people’s feedback.

“We are creating a dedicated space for collaboration and discovery where businesses, civic partners and the local community can work together with our students, academics and researchers.

“This meeting of minds will develop fresh perspectives and explore how we can innovate responsibly, create an inclusive economy that works for everyone and address some of the future’s big research questions.”

The detailed designs show both the outside and inside of the main academic building, revealing an open and welcoming space.

Its ground floor will host exhibitions, public events such as lectures and film screenings, pop-up catering, a café and shop. A light-filled central foyer will span the full height of the five storeys above, which will be a mix of research, teaching and social spaces.

The foyer will be connected to a number of social and enterprise spaces located on the ground floor, which have been designed to put local communities at the heart of the building.

The University has a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030 and the new buildings on the Cattle Market site have been designed to support this with a number of eco-friendly elements incorporated into their design, such as rainwater harvesting, a biodiverse roof, solar panels and heat recovery systems.

The campus will be car-free and proposals include a new transport hub at the entrance to the Cattle Market site which could accommodate extended public bus services.

Consultation on the plans will run from 9 to 25 September, with the public being invited to find out more and share their view via an online survey, series of events and exhibitions.

Outline planning permission for the campus has already been granted and a public consultation on the detailed design of the student residential accommodation, located on the northern end (next to Brocks Bridge) of Temple Island, was held in April.

The development is part of a wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area that will help create a new inclusive city district, contribute to economic growth and job creation, and new walking and cycling paths to improve connections between the city centre and the east of Bristol.

Consultation details

Members of the public can take part in the consultation online or in person by visiting one of the below drop-in sessions or public meetings, where you will have the chance to meet the team and ask questions.

Public meeting in Totterdown:

  • Wednesday 18 September, 5pm to 7pm

at Hillcrest Primary School, Cemetery Road, Totterdown, Bristol BS4 3DE

Drop-in sessions:

  • Wednesday 11 September, 6pm to 7.30pm at Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH
  • Thursday 12 September, 5pm to 7pm at Barton Hill Settlement, Terrace Room, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol BS5 0AX
  • Saturday 21 September, 12noon to 2pm at Windmill Hill City Farm, the Old Dairy, Philip Street, Bristol BS3 4EA

Plans will also be on display at:

  • Engine Shed, Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH
  • Beacon House (The Triangle), University of Bristol, Clifton BS8 1SE