Opening of £300m Bristol University campus delayed until 2025


By Roya Shahidi, News Reporter

The impact of Covid-19 and Brexit has delayed the target date for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus from 2023 to 2025, the university have said.

The University of Bristol has revised the date for the opening of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus for the second time.

The initial plan was to open the campus in 2022 but this was delayed for a year. It is now expected to open in 2025.

The impact of Covid-19 and Brexit has delayed the target date for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus from 2023 to 2025 | Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus is part of one of the UK’s largest regeneration schemes.

It will contain a business school, host new digital initiatives and be home to 3,000 Bristol university students.

The ‘uncertainties’ created by the pandemic and Brexit has caused the University to revise plans. This is particularly due to the impact on supply chains.

Despite site enabling works being carried out over the past year, the main construction work will not begin until the summer of 2022.

Bristol University is also exploring the possibility of relocating some of the specialist facilities and supporting hub spaces. This would enable some of the existing buildings to be used early in 2022.

Barra Mac Ruairí, the University's Chief Property Officer, said: ‘We are committed to Temple Quarter. We have taken on a challenging site in a challenging time with a scheme which is unique in terms of its activity.

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‘It’s a great project where learning, research, workshops and a civic building come together as one which is core to our future.

‘A project of this scale and ambition comes with a range of complexities, which have been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. However, we have pushed forward and will use this time to recalibrate and make the project even stronger and add more resilience.

‘Our ambition is clear but any delay is disappointing, our vision for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus has not changed and we remain 100 per cent committed to contribute to the research, innovation and skills required to drive the city and region’s post-COVID recovery and help regenerate and deliver the future vision for Temple Quarter and St Philip's Marsh.’

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