Campus Heart projects

We are committed to providing students and staff with the high-quality spaces and services they've asked for.

What's happening in Senate House

Students and staff have told us they want more central space for relaxation, social activities, support and learning.

To achieve this ambition, work is about to begin to provide new exciting spaces in Senate House by 2020, a year earlier than planned.

On 10 June building work started on the lower and upper ground floors to create a large new food court, new SU café bar and a new home for the Information Point.

New University Library

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 space to showcase the new Centre for Cultural Collections, 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.

The new University Library will be built on the site of the current Hawthorns buidling. Work will start in autumn 2019, and will be completed in 2023-24. 

It will become a popular cultural destination in Bristol, providing an important space for students, staff and our local community to come together to learn and study, to share ideas and relax.

Staff Lounge at Royal Fort House

We know there’s a shortage of central places for staff to take a little time out, so we opened a lovely but underused space for all staff to enjoy all day, in Royal Fort House.

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 8am – 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.

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.


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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.


  • New food court, dining area and SU café/bar will open in Senate House.


  • Our inspirational new library will be ready to welcome all students, staff and our wider community.

5+ years

  • 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.


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