University of Bristol goes car free

The University of Bristol has submitted plans for their new £300 million city centre campus, including a plan to go car free.

The online planning application details plans to build a multi-use campus, with a student village featuring accommodation on site for 1,500 students, as well as shops and cafes.

Facilities will be primarily for postgraduate students, with around 3,500 expected to study there, and around 800 members of staff.

Seven buildings will be built as part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, including one on the site of the derelict Royal Mail sorting office.

The university said: “The council is working to prepare the site and should start demolishing the old post office building in early 2018.”
New campus building plans. Credit: University of Bristol Temple Quarter

The new campus will go car free, encouraging the use of public transport. The only car parking spaces available will be for blue badge holders and electric cars. The university’s recent public consultation took the environmental impact of the new campus into consideration.

“We have adopted measures to minimise the impact of the development on air quality in the Bristol Air Quality Management Area, including reducing vehicle movements to the site and using cleaner technologies for the building operations,” the university said.

Chris Jones, Sustainability Manager at the University of Bristol, is “in favour of sustainable transport”,  noting that in the nine-and-a-half years he has worked for the university he has never commuted by car.

There will also be a new transport hub built as part of the plans, extending current bus services and hosting the new shuttle from the new campus over to Clifton.

As well as going car-free, the campus aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. Dedicated bus, walking and cycling routes will also be built as part of the university’s environmentally sustainable commitment.

The submitted plans are available here.

If approved by Bristol City Council, the build will go ahead as early as summer 2019.

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