UWE Bristol gets green light for Masterplan

Issue date: 07 June 2013

UWE Bristol's vision to build a university for the 21st Century came a step closer yesterday [ 6 June 2013] with outline planning permission for the University's Masterplan being granted by South Gloucestershire Council. The Masterplan aims to satisfy UWE's changing needs over the next 25 years with a range of building proposals supported by the necessary infrastructure.

Jeremy Wheatcroft, has been coordinating the planning from UWE Bristol and he said, “We have received unanimous outline approval for the masterplan. The Planning Committee at South Gloucestershire thanked UWE Bristol for help and cooperation in developingthe plans and working well with them.”

The proposals will transform the way the University works, providing a modern environment which will support students in their learning journey as well as providing services available to employers and the local community.

The plans will make the most of the adjoining land acquired by the University in 2008 from Hewlett Packard, UWE's neighbour at the Frenchay Campus. This additional 70 acres of land nearly doubled the size of the Frenchay Campus and provided the means for much needed expansion.

The Masterplan, which has been subject to a public consultation process, covers projects spanning several years including: plans for a new Student's Union Building, a new £50 M Business School, a central plaza and transport hub with landscaping and walkways at the heart of the Campus, new student accommodation, refurbishing academic teaching and learning spaces, the proposed stadium, upgrades to existing Faculty buildings, a central Academic zone including the library and other resources, and consolidation of other Faculties onto the Frenchay Campus. The campus development will be a strong boost for inward investment for the region with the additional provision in the Masterplan for conference accommodation shared by the University and new stadium. This builds on the University's successful exhibition and conference centre. Other investment proposals include food and drink outlets for students and the local community. Full details of the Masterplan can be seen here

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said, “This is an important milestone for the University in bringing forward our vision to enhance the learning environment that students of the 21st Century deserve. We now have a golden opportunity to develop our university in a way that will bring huge benefits to current and future students, staff and the local community with a green, pleasant, healthy and sustainable Campus. UWE is a vibrant, forward looking and modern University, and the development of these plans will attract students, connect to our community and enable us to compete effectively with other national and international education organisations.”

It is anticipated that the building project for the new Student's Union building will begin in the summer of this year.

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