The University of Bristol has revealed its initial vision for the new £300 million campus next to Bristol Temple Meads and is urging local businesses and industry to feed into a large-scale consultation.
The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus development will be one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history.
One of its key goals is to work with industrial partners to develop a talent pipeline of graduates who will support the city’s burgeoning digital economy.
The University is encouraging businesses to share their views and help shape the new campus by taking part in a public consultation, which will run online until July 21.
There will also be exhibitions of the plans at Engine Shed by Bristol Temple Meads and Beacon House on the Triangle from June 20 to July 7, as well as special consultation events at Engine Shed and Paintworks.
Teaching and research will focus on digital technologies in-line with the training and skills needs of industry partners.
The seven-acre site, which spans the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island, will be close to business incubation centre Engine Shed, home to the University's award-winning Bristol SETsquared Centre, which will also be expanding into new premises within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
A range of new degree programmes will be designed and developed in collaboration with industry and other partner organisations, to ensure students educated on the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus are equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and resilience to thrive and lead in a rapidly changing world.
Professor Dave Cliff, pictured inset, who is leading the academic side of the project, said: “The new campus will focus on the digital technologies of the future and the skills, ethics, business models and infrastructure that turn digital opportunities into jobs, wealth and wellbeing that benefits the whole of society.
“We are working with partners, large and small, to put innovation at the heart of our campus and to build a talent pipeline of creative graduates who embrace social responsibility as well as opportunity. These graduates will be prepared to tackle global challenges that we can’t yet imagine.
Professor Dave Cliff: “Our plan is for University staff and students to be co-located with partners from industry and commerce in the new buildings. We intend to work with our partners to co-design and co-deliver education and skills training in innovative new ways, better suited to the needs of employers and workers in the knowledge economy.”
Aside from the business community, the University has ambitions to work with a range of other partners, from community and cultural organisations to social enterprises and the NHS.
The University will also build a new student village together with improvements to the public realm, including new cycle and pedestrian links to the surrounding area and high-quality landscaping.
Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “We have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine the future of our University as one of the world’s great civic universities while also transforming a key site at the heart of our city.
“Our new campus is very much a work in progress and we would welcome people’s feedback, on everything from education provision, research and innovation to community engagement and transport links. We don’t know exactly what it will look like yet, but we do know that we want it to feel welcoming to everyone and to be a place for the whole city to learn, explore and enjoy.”
Professor Guy Orpen, pictured inset, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: “The new campus will be partly on Arena Island, and partly on the Cattle Market Road land currently occupied by the old Royal Mail sorting office.
“We envisage that the new residential student village will be over with the arena, with the other side housing departments teaching subjects that would tie-in well to the enterprise zone – tech subjects like our computer science courses, but also our entrepreneurial courses and other digital innovation subjects that tie-in with the feel of the area, with the Engine Shed and Engine Shed 2 as well as the growing tech sector around the rest of the Enterprise Zone.”
Although designs for the campus are in their infancy and will be informed by the outcome of the consultation, there are ambitions to develop landmark buildings and public spaces which will provide a fitting welcome to those travelling into Bristol.
There is also a strong focus on creating a welcoming space that belongs to the community, turning a brownfield site into an open campus which will benefit everyone. This might include the provision of further education and adult education opportunities or the creation of spaces for community use.
At its core lies a desire to develop a ‘Bristol approach’ to innovation which is visionary, transformative and inclusive – building on Bristol’s reputation as one of the world’s leading digital cities.
The University will be working with Bristol City Council to ensure the campus complements plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, which is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK.
Fully developed, the Enterprise Zone has the potential to attract more than 17,000 jobs over its 25-year lifetime and add a further £100 million a year to the city's economy.
Source: Bristol Post
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