Campus Heart projects
We are committed to providing students and staff with the high-quality spaces and services they've asked for.
What's been happening at Senate House
Senate House is becoming a home for students at the heart of the campus, with the Bristol SU Living Room, PGR Hub and Information Point all now open.
This is just the start of the changes though. By 2020, the building will be home to the Global Lounge, Student Union social space, 500 study seats, the Student Information Service, as well as a new food court.
Now that it's a home for students, what should we call Senate House?
As it is transformed into a student-owned building, students have an opportunity to rename it. From the end of January 2019, tell us what you think we should call Senate House.
Students will officially rename Senate House at the Ignit10n sporting challenge event on 21 march, 2019.
New Staff Lounge at Royal Fort House
We know there’s a shortage of central places for staff to take a little time out, so the aim with Royal Fort House is to open a lovely but underused space for all staff to enjoy all day.
The Staff Lounge is a space to get away from the day to day pressures of university life; a place to read a book, grab a drink and have informal meetings with colleagues and visitors.
The lounge is located in the Foyer, Drawing Room, Ante Room, Dining Room and Yellow Room in Royal Fort House. The rooms are open between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can be booked for evening events via the Conference Office.
A Garden Café to come together
The new Garden Café at the Hawthorns is the first part of our plans to transform the spaces in and around Tyndall Avenue. We wanted to provide a new café where students, staff and our local community can come together to meet, chat and relax in the Campus Heart.
We upcycled a shipping container to create a new, environmentally-friendly café with lots of outside seating that is fully wheelchair-accessible.
The new Indoor Sports Centre
Students and staff have asked for bigger class capacity, improved changing facilities and faster access in the Indoor Sports Centre. We’ve made these improvements and opened the doors to a bigger gym and better equipment in September 2018.
A library is at the heart of any university. It’s a place where we can learn and connect with each other and with new ideas. It should be somewhere to be quiet and reflective as well as social and collaborative.
Our world-class university deserves an inspirational new library in which to welcome all students, staff and our wider community.
We are building a new library with incredible natural light and views, a rich resource of texts and special collections, excellent digital infrastructure and technology. It will be a stimulating and nurturing learning environment that will provide;
- study space open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year;
- a café and exhibition gallery open to all;
- library book and journal collections, including Cultural Collections (Special Collections and Theatre Collections);
- a place to host a year-round timetable of events;
- a home to showcase the internationally significant Cultural Collections, about and for the people of Bristol.
We are excited that from 2023 this landmark building will be at the heart of our campus, providing an important space for students, staff and our local community to come together to learn and study, to share ideas and relax.
New public spaces
Having opened up Royal Fort Gardens to create a lovely green space and a new social place for students, staff and local residents, we hope that the planned new cafes and facilities in Senate House will start to create the identifiable, impressive and attractive 'heart' that students and staff have asked for.
Changes so far
- The new Garden Café at the Hawthorns is open.
2018 - September
- A larger and better equipped gym opened in the Sports Centre.
- First phase of Senate House opens.
- The Student Hub will open in Senate House, bringing together all help and support services.
- Our inspirational new library will be ready to welcome all students, staff and our wider community.
- New, shared public spaces.
Our plans are ambitious, and it can't all happen overnight. It's going to take us at least five years to transform our space. Keep informed of the latest developments by signing up for our newsletter.