University of Bristol
Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus is the most significant development in the recent history of the University of Bristol. This new city campus represents a cultural shift in the University’s engagement with the city of Bristol.
The new campus is on a seven-acre urban brownfield site, the former position of the Royal Mail sorting office; a long-standing ruin and now a pivotal setting for regenerating the eastern side of the city. Located between Temple Meads Station and the Floating Harbour, the site is prominent in Bristol’s geography and arrival experience to the city.
The campus will have a clear focus on digital, business and social innovation and will be home to the University's new School of Management, its Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Digital Engineering. It will include the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre and the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative.
It will be a dedicated space for collaboration and discovery where businesses, civic partners and the local community can work together with the University’s students, academics and researchers.
The buildings are expressed in masonry and in weight, but also through lightweight future-facing technologies. The ground floor of the buildings’ weighty expression endows a quiet monumentality, an equivalent presence to the Temple Meads retaining wall and viaducts, the harbour walls and waterside warehouses. It continues and amplifies the local site narrative.
A clear storey of glazing on the first floor visually separates the base, above which transparency, reflection and texture are articulated by vertical aluminium fins for solar shading. During the day the buildings will reflect the city and the sky, changing spectacularly at night when the interior will be illuminated for all to see.
Its position by Temple Meads railway station, with its proposed new eastern entrance, makes the Campus the new and vital link to the east of Bristol. The open and permeable public realm, with a renewed connection to the Floating Harbour, invites visitors and passers-by to walk through, enjoy the landscape, and enter the buildings’ open ground floors.
From here, and on the first floor lounges and refectory, the public can experience all floors of the building, engage with the work within, and perhaps become involved.
The design approach has considered resource use; impact on the environment; benefits to the community and wellbeing; the connectivity of the site; and making the project fit for the future.
The buildings aim to deliver the best research, learning and business outcomes for the least energy input. These proposals include an energy centre which recycles heat from computers and users, solar energy, water efficiency, and rainwater harvesting. Embodied carbon informed the selection of materials. Demolition spoil will be reused to raise the site out of the flood zone.