Artists impression of Wallscourt Park accommodation

Masterplan key developments

We have identified a number of building projects we hope to complete in the next ten years.

Individual projects are at different stages of development. Although we have set out the various stages in each one, these projects may evolve over time, to ensure that we continue to grow and develop our spaces and environments, in line with the changing needs of our students and the higher education sector as a whole.

Projects complete

2016 completions

Car park alterations to increase capacity

As a result of the sale of the Land to the East of Coldharbour Lane, Car Park 20 was closed on 1 February 2016.  Prior to this date, alterations were made to Car Parks 21-23 to increase their capacity as well as introducing more ‘on-street’ car parking around the Frenchay Campus.

The Car Parking and Transportation Services Team are constantly reviewing car park demand with supply in order to minimise inconvenience to students, staff and visitors.  Within the Campus 2020 Programme as part of our environmental commitments, we are also developing and investing in alternative transport options.

2015 completions

Students' Union Building

We opened a new dedicated, centrally-located Students’ Union building in summer 2015. The new building provides vibrant spaces to enhance the work of student reps, bringing together volunteering activities, societies, sports and networks for students into a multi-purpose engagement and social area. There’s also a café, bar, shop, and bookable studio space, as well as outdoor landscaped spaces and a courtyard. More about the new Students’ Union building.

Glenside child nursing skills suite

A new paediatric simulation suite has been created at Glenside. The state-of-the-art simulation facilities will be used by students studying health and social care programmes.  The facilities include a sensory and young adults' room and were developed in collaboration with staff, students and our clinical partners.

These facilities provide 'real world' learning and teaching opportunities for our students, further cementing our position as a leading organisation for health care education.

2014 completions

Student accommodation phase 1

The first phase of a project to provide up to 1,200 student bed spaces on Frenchay Campus was completed in December 2014. The new accommodation provides an alternative to the traditional six-person cluster flats, with a mix of ensuite and shared bathrooms and some studio flats. More about the Wallscourt Park residences.

Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education

The first phase of the Bower Ashton Campus redevelopment project is complete and includes new specialist drama facilities, a learning zone, expanded catering, library and Students’ Union facilities. More about the Bower Ashton developments.

2013 completions

Refurbishment of academic teaching and learning spaces on Frenchay Campus:

B and C Block refurbishments

We refurbished the main lobbies and corridors in our B and C Blocks, as well as a number of classrooms, with upgraded audio visual equipment added to these and other rooms. We created a new ‘Cribs Lounge’ to provide a meeting and learning zone next to the Cribs Café. Lecture theatres in 2B020, 2B025 and 4B031 were also refurbished with new seating, lighting and audio visual equipment.

S Block refurbishment

The reception in S Block was moved to make way for a new ‘street learning zone’, providing an open access learning space. We also refurbished some of the classrooms.

Glenside refurbishment:

Teaching and library spaces

In 2012 and 2013, we refurbished the teaching and library spaces at Glenside to create a fresh and contemporary learning environment. 20 plus teaching rooms were redecorated, and fitted with new carpets, lighting and audio visual equipment. Specific areas of the library were also refurbished to form group and self-study spaces. 

Nursing skills

We refurbished and altered rooms in E Block (level 2) in summer 2013 to create a basic skills laboratory and a nurse skills simulation suite. The former provides teaching space for up to 40 students to learn practice-based clinical skills, and the latter simulates an eight-bed hospital ward, a birthing room and four small clinic practice rooms. There are also areas for hygienic handwash learning and practice, skills simulation control, stores and offices.

Former National Health Service (NHS) laundry

In October 2013, the NHS vacated the laundry buildings on Glenside Campus. The final items of laundry equipment were removed, and the spaces cleaned and handed over to the University. We redeveloped these rooms to create more space for the library services at Glenside, adding more room for self and group study, and computer learning. The work provided two areas that opened for students in January 2014 – an open access zone, and an area with two computer labs, which are also used for timetabled teaching sessions. An office/workroom for IT staff was also created to support the service provided for the new area.

2012 completions

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a joint initiative between UWE Bristol and Bristol University, is the largest robotics laboratory of its type in the UK. It was officially opened by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science in May 2012.

The BRL boasts specialist facilities including a machine vision laboratory, central teaching accommodation for the Faculty of Environment and Technology, research bays, technician areas, robot arenas, offices, conference and meeting accommodation, and a café.

Faculty of Environment and Technology – P Block

The Faculty of Environment and Technology has relocated from P Block into refurbished space in Q, R and N Blocks. The spaces vacated by the Faculty now house the new UWE Bristol International College, which opened in September 2012.

Media hub

We opened a new media hub in September 2012 at our Bower Ashton Campus, to house high-quality facilities that showcase UWE's presence in the highly competitive and growing spheres of media and journalism education.

Projects underway

Faculty of Business and Law

A £50m project is underway to build a new state-of-the-art building to house the Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School. Located in the heart of Frenchay Campus, the new Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) building will offer an innovative way of studying and working – to allow students, staff and business people to work more closely together. The construction is due for completion in November 2016, with the doors scheduled to open to students in January 2017.

Northavon House refurbishment

We are engaged in a programme to identify and create better ways of working and improved work spaces for professional services teams who do not provide front-line student support.

With the return of Northavon House​, the building at the front of our Frenchay Campus to the University from HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) an opportunity has been created to  consider how we might review the space for some professional service staff who are not currently working in ideal spaces or locations.

A Project Team has been established and the scheme is being developed.

Projects planned and currently being scoped

Health and Applied Sciences infrastructure

Following a survey of the laboratory drainage system within the Health and Applied Sciences accommodation at Frenchay, a project has been initiated to bring the system up to modern standards. 

In order to minimise disruption, the project will be carried out in phases and is also being extended to bring the gas, hot water and cold water up to date.  A design team has been engaged and the first phase of the Works is scheduled to take place mid-2016.

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