Bristol Temple Quarter PBSA scheme approved

This Bristol purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme is in a prime location just 300 metres from University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

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Plans have been approved for a 454-bedroom Bristol PBSA development. It is just 300 metres from the University of Bristol’s £500M Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. The new Bristol PBSA scheme will help to alleviate the lack of appropriate student accommodation in the South West city.

Avon Capital Estates secures planning permission to redevelop its industrial site on the banks of the River Avon. The adjoining cycleway leads directly into the heart of the new campus and immediately next to the key footbridge connecting to Legal & General’s £350m Temple Island redevelopment.

The developer is already in negotiations with main contractors, anticipating occupation in 2027.

“The team have designed a fantastic scheme, in an excellent location overlooking the River Avon and just a short walk to the heart of the Temple Quarter Campus. We look forward to making it a reality in 2027.”

Archie Lord on behalf of Avon Capital Estates

In addition to 454 beds, the scheme provides 1,067sqm of affordable commercial space. This will create significantly more jobs and, where suitable, re-provide space for existing tenants. 

The Bristol PBSA proposal includes a high-quality, landmark, student accommodation building in a unique cruciform design, comprising four ‘wings’.

“The team have designed a fantastic scheme, in an excellent location overlooking the River Avon and just a short walk to the heart of the Temple Quarter Campus. We look forward to making it a reality in 2027,” said Archie Lord on behalf of Avon Capital Estates. 

“Avon Capital Estates has been a long term investor in Bristol and strongly supports the ambitious new Enterprise Campus development as well as the wider regeneration in Temple Quarter. We are proud of the consent that we have secured: in addition to providing much needed student beds, it delivers jobs and considerable enhancements to public realm.”

Ashley Whittome, Managing Partner, Avon Capital

Avon Capital’s scheme was led by Ashley Whittome and Archie Lord. It was designed by award-winning Bristol architect AHMM, led by Director Cormac Farrelly and Associate Iain Williams. AHMM worked closely with landscape architect Churchman Thornhill Finch.

Avon Capital’s advisers were Deeley Freed’s development team lead Ross Chester, Rapleys’ planning partner Michael Orr, Cushman & Wakefield’s international partner Nick Allan and Conversation PR’s Director Andrew Smith.

“We have designed a scheme we believe will set the bar for all the development to follow in this area. As one of the very first proposals in this part of the wider Temple Quarter area, we want the development to be a catalyst for high quality regeneration.”

Cormac Farrelly, Director, AHMM

Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus sits next to Temple Meads station. The campus will be home to the Business School, digital engineering research groups, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre. Around 4,600 students will attend – and 650 university staff will work – at the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Cushman & Wakefield insights

According to Cushman & Wakefield, Bristol is one of the most undersupplied PBSA markets with the highest student-to-bed ratios amongst Russell Group cities. At 2.9:1, it is the third highest in the UK, highlighting the chronic lack of supply. The city’s student population has increased by 14,960 during the past five years. Only 1,932 PBSA beds were completed during the same period.

Also in June Cubex and Alara acquired a site in central Bristol to deliver a new PBSA development. Cubex are in consultation with Bristol City Council as well as other stakeholders and will be submitting detailed planning proposals.