Nearly 1,000 student bedrooms are planned in the three blocks for land alongside Temple Meads railway station.
Conditional outline planning permission for the seven-acre site was granted in July 2018, with proposed student accommodation buildings on Arena Island, ranging from 12 to 21 storeys.
An adjacent part of the site known as the old Cattle Market will also be built out with academic buildings to create a ‘gateway’ to Bristol Temple Meads railway station and an iconic venue in the heart of the city for the University.
The ground floor of the high-rise student buildings, which will be metal clad to reflect the industrial heritage of the site, will feature a 24-hour student hub along with associated commercial outlets, such as shops, bars and cafes.
The campus aims to welcome its first students in 2022 and will be at the forefront of digital and management research, education, skills and innovation.
It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students.
January 2019: Demolition started on the former Royal Mail sorting office
11 April to 1 May 2019: Public consultation on the detailed designs of the student residential accommodation
July/August 2019: Public consultation on the masterplan and detailed design of the academic buildings on the Cattle Market Road site
2020: Start of work in site
2022: Campus due to open
Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor for New Campus Development, said: “The development will be one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history.
“We’ve revised our plans to add more focus on the public spaces and to allow better routes for pedestrians and cyclists to move through the site.
“The wider regeneration of the Temple Quarter area is really exciting and will transform a neglected area into a vibrant and inclusive city district. We hope the campus will create a dynamic ecosystem for knowledge creation, enhancing Bristol’s reputation as a global destination for inclusive innovation.”