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Bristol University campus to form central part of regeneration moves

Bristol University campus to form central part of regeneration moves

Plans to regenerate the Temple Quarter of Bristol have taken a major step forward, with the unveiling of the blueprint for a £300 million Bristol University campus in the area.

The new Temple Quarter campus will be a high-tech research and teaching hub, built on the site of the currently derelict former sorting office on cattle Market Lane. 

It is located next to Bristol Temple Meads station, Meaning that for many visitors, their first sight when they arrive on the city is a crumbling eyesore. This is something Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees is keen to change.

He said: "In future, visitors will no longer be welcomed to Bristol by a derelict building, but by a flourishing and inclusive home of digital excellence, innovation, education and industry."

The university has worked with the city council, central government, local businesses and philanthropic partners to devise the new campus plan, which has been welcomed by business and energy secretary Greg Clark.

He remarked: "The development of this exceptional new campus for the University of Bristol is a brilliant example of this strategy in action, with government, academia and industry collaborating to deliver future-focused training that will build on Bristol's growing reputation as a digital and tech cluster."

The project will be part of the wider regeneration of this part of central Bristol by the banks of the Avon, with other proposals including the building of a 12,000-seat indoor arena. The 70 hectare Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is expected to create 17,000 new jobs and give the local economy a £100 million boost over a 25-year period. 

Construction of the new campus should be complete in time for the 2021-22 academic year, by which time a number of other new developments in the area may be finished.

These include the 300,000 sq ft Assembly Bristol project, which AXA IM - Real Assets has just sought planning permission for. Located on a 1.5-hectare site formerly occupied by the now-demolished Clerical Medical building, the £150 million project would consist of three buildings.

If planning permission is granted, construction should start next year and be finished in 2018.

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