Unite Students to deliver Marsh Mills PBSA in Bristol

Student accommodation provider Unite Students is set to deliver Marsh Mills, a PBSA development at Temple Quarter in Bristol.

Unite Students’ Marsh Mills student accommodation development in Bristol | PBSA News
Unite Students’ Marsh Mills student accommodation development in Bristol.

Student accommodation provider Unite Students will deliver a new PBSA development – Marsh Mills. The development site is in the heart of the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and St Philip’s Marsh – one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects.

With a development cost of £75m, the scheme will be built adjacent to the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter campus. It is also close by to the city’s Temple Meads train station.

With planning permission already in place, Marsh Mills will deliver 596 student beds and there is a lease agreement in place with the Russell Group university for at least half of the rooms. Amenities include study spaces, a roof terrace, gym and cycle storage.

Construction is now underway, with RG Group being awarded the build contract. The development is expected to open in time for the 2025/26 academic year.

“Bristol is where it all began for Unite Students and this new property is in a vitally important scheme for students in the city. Marsh Mills will be built alongside the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter campus, providing close proximity to the campus, plus the city’s Temple Meads train station.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students
Location of Marsh Mills and the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter campus | PBSA News
Location of Marsh Mills and the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter campus.

Adopting a ‘fabric first’ approach, the PBSA building’s operational energy consumption has been reduced. Unite Students has considered energy efficiency during the design and build phase through to the manufacturing of materials, their transportation to the site, and their installation and use throughout the operational lifecycle of the building. Air source heat pumps and solar panels will also be installed.

Marsh Mills’ embodied carbon saving is 7,300 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) over the lifecycle of the building, which exceeds the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2030 Climate Challenge baseline. These are voluntary performance targets for operational energy use, water use and embodied carbon.

“This development is further evidence of Unite Students’ commitment to delivering new supply of high-quality student accommodation in cities where it is needed most. Marsh Mills will have a low-carbon impact on the environment and will be built and open in time for the start of 2025/26 academic year, adding to our portfolio in the city and contributing to the much-needed regeneration of the Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh area of the city.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students