Masterplan updates - December 2017

An update on the Campus Masterplan projects and how the main developments across our sites have been progressing in 2017.

Student accommodation

The second phase of Wallscourt Park delivered 561 rooms in four, five and six storey buildings designed to complement neighbouring blocks supporting a sustainable campus. There is also a small number of studio flats within this development. The £23 million building programme ran from January 2016 and was completed in time for the 2017/2018 academic year. The £38 million Wallscourt Park development forms part of UWE Bristol’s Campus 2020 strategic programme, which includes providing high-quality student accommodation for more than 3,600 students living on Frenchay Campus.

Bristol Business School

The new home of the Faculty of Business and Law was completed and opened in 2017. From our £55 million investment we have 17,200m2 space serving 5,500 students and containing 148 offices over seven floors. Bristol Business School is designed with our students' learning at the forefront. Uniting a place of study with a professional place of business – a space that exemplifies the type of business setting that our students may go to work at upon graduation. As you enter Bristol Business School, a warm and welcoming café greets you, and as you look up from the Atrium you can see some of our professional spaces:

  • our Bloomberg City Trading room enabling our students to work on live market data and experience the trading world for the first time
  • our showcase law courts where students act out real scenarios to enhance their learning
  • and our Team Entrepreneurship space where students set up and run their own business while studying with us.

North Avon House

In 2017 we completed the refurbishment of North Avon House and centralised professional services within the building. As part of the programme the Estate and Facilities department, Commercial Services and Human Resources vacated their premises in Bristol Business Park opposite the University, allowing for a rationalisation of the business park estate.

UEZ Future Space

The world-class facility for research, innovation enterprise and business became operational in the 2016-2017 academic year. UWE Bristol's Future Space – newly created offices, workshops and lab space for science and technology based businesses in the University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) – has been explicitly designed to encourage innovation, collaboration and inspiration. Situated on Frenchay Campus, Future Space supports businesses working in high-tech areas such as robotics, digital and creative technologies, health tech and biosciences.

A team from Oxford Innovation who run Future Space for the University is on site to help the businesses that move in. Elaine McKechnie, Centre Director, describes the flexibility of the space as a big draw for businesses: “Resident businesses can put their own stamp on their space, or they can rent a space that is ready for them to move in”. It is estimated that Future Space will bring an economy boost of £85m as well as over 450 new jobs to the region over the next ten years.

City Campus - Bush House

UWE Bristol’s Bush House became fully operational after completion of a full refurbishment of the building. City Campus shares the iconic building on Bristol’s historic Harbourside at Narrow Quay, which is also home to Arnolfini gallery. This City Campus site provides a unique setting for accommodating UWE Bristol’s programmes in Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Drawing and Print, Curating, and parts of our Fashion Communication and Drama and Acting programmes. Students can also access the ground floor Auditorium in the Arnolfini galleries for lectures, drama workshops and performance workshops. Visual Culture modules are delivered here as well as at other sites within City Campus.

City Campus - Bower Ashton

In September 2017 we opened our beautiful new studio building that provides industry-standard production and post-production facilities in animation, filmmaking and photography. This will be followed in 2019 by another new building to house art and design studios and provide a new home for our fabulous physical making facilities.

New Engineering building

We have announced plans to develop a state-of-the-art Engineering building that will attract and inspire engineers of the future. The building will be located next to the new Bristol Business School in the heart of Frenchay Campus. The design team, led by Architects AHR, has been appointed and the concept design was agreed at the end of November 2017. The 8,500 m2 building will enable the faculty to respond to the emerging demand for Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering. It will accommodate 1,600 undergraduate and postgraduate students along with 100 academic and technical staff. Subject to planning consent, construction will begin in October 2018 and be completed during the summer of 2020.


UWE Bristol made a significant investment in a sophisticated new greenhouse called the Envirotron, transforming teaching, research and partnerships in the areas of biodiversity and conservation, global environmental change and food security. The Envirotron features LED lighting, which minimises environmental impact and affords exquisite control of light, enabling researchers to simulate and experiment with a wide range of conditions. Compartments will also be independently fully climate-controllable.

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