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University of Bristol submits application for new £300m campus

An outline planning application has been submitted by The University of Bristol for its new £300m city centre campus.

The seven-acre site located next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station will see seven new buildings transform the former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island, providing a mix of flexible research and teaching facilities, accommodation for up to 1,500 students and a range of commercial outlets.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: "For the University of Bristol, the new campus provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the civic university. We are committed to creating a campus which both reflects our status as a world-class University and provides an open and welcoming space for the people and city of Bristol.

"Not only does the project build on Bristol’s reputation as one of the world's leading digital cities, but it’s injecting life into a derelict site and creating unprecedented opportunities for our students and the community we’re so proud to be part of.”

The campus will initially cater for 3,500 students, the majority of whom will be postgraduates, and approximately 800 members of staff will be based there.

Facilities will also be opened up for public use, including a training and skills centre and resources which can be used by community groups.

The campus will be car free and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. Dedicated bus routes will connect it with the existing Clifton campus and there will also be new walking and cycle routes to connect the development with the rest of the city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods.

The University is in the process of appointing a design team and, should its outline planning application be supported by the Council, it will run a public consultation on its detailed plans in Spring 2018.

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