Working proactively with property and construction organisations

University of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus

The University of Bristol (UoB) has appointed Perfect Circle to form a multi-disciplinary team through the Scape Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) Framework to undertake the Outline Planning Application and Concept Design for the new £300 million Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

UoB has set out its vision to reimagine the role of a civic university within its 2016 Strategy document.In order to meet this vision and its strategic objectives it is seeking to establish a new campus at the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone that:

  • Provides for at least 3,500 students and 800 staff
  • Is welcoming and inclusive, creating a porous campus that is shared with local communities, visitors, business and industrial partners
  • Exemplifies the themes of innovation, enterprise and engagement

The new campus will provide circa 82,000 square metre GIA space for teaching and learning, including flexible collaborative spaces for co-located enterprises. Also included are an open access Quantum Technology Innovation Centre on the campus, which will take quantum research from the lab into the commercial world; a 35,000 square metre digital research building, which has provision for future expansion; and a state of the art 1,500 student village. The landscaping will open up neglected areas of the harbour and provide new cycle paths and walkways, public spaces and facilities for the public and neighbouring communities to enjoy.

Perfect Circle were appointed in order to meet the challenging programme dates to enable opening for the 2021 academic intake, whilst enabling flexibility, quality and value for money for the University.
The appointment provides access to specialist academic and residential design teams for the outline planning application and concept design stages.

Outline plans for the campus were submitted to Bristol City Council in Spring 2018 to show the scale of development and access routes. Consultation on detailed design proposals is likely to follow later in the year. Bristol City Council has recently started preparations for the demolition of the former Royal Mail sorting office djacent to Bristol Temple Meads Station to make way for the new campus. Utilisation of the framework has enabled streamlined appointment processes and timetables whilst achieving the University’s aspirations.

Key Details

£300 million

University of Bristol


South West

Due to complete 2021

Scape BECS (Professional Services)

Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Services, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Civil Engineering