Planning permission for new phase of UWE's City Campus

Issue date: 17 May 2016


Bower Ashton campus

UWE Bristol has received planning permission for new state-of-the-art studios providing industry standard production and post production facilities for students studying film and journalism programmes.

Based at Bower Ashton Studios, the new facilities will enhance the provision of academic facilities for students, provide outstanding learning and allow them to develop their talents and skills with the latest equipment and technology used within the industry.

The new building is part of a phased redevelopment of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. The new studio facilities will complement existing locations in the City, Spike Island, Arnolfini, and the Watershed, forming a network of connected spaces known as City Campus.

Building work started on 9 May 2016 and will take 16 months. The architects are Austin-Smith:Lord, the contractors for construction are Willmott Dixon. The new building will replace the Print Centre, which has already been moved into upgraded accommodation on site.

Alex Gilkison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, says, “The new studio facilities will support the Faculty's ambition to develop a modern, digitally-enabled studio campus close to the heart of Bristol's creative and digital economy.

“The Faculty has partnerships with BBC, Watershed, Encounters and Wildscreen Festivals, Aardman Animations, M Shed, Spike Island and Arnolfini. These links are central to the Faculty's practice-oriented strategy where students learn in industry relevant settings and with industry partners.”

Martin Roe, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, commented, “In collaboration with the client and the contractor, Willmott Dixon, we worked hard to ensure that the design enhanced the conservation area setting, whilst providing a modern facility which would meet the needs of the University. Our solution was a design aesthetic which draws on the typology of agricultural barns and local materials.”

The new building will provide facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across a range of art, design, film and journalism disciplines. As well as the new studios, a second building is planned that will provide new art and design facilities for all students within City Campus.

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