Transforming to Tyndall Place

‌Transforming Tyndall Avenue & Woodland Road to "Tyndall Place"

Proposed Tyndall Avenue pedestrianisation


In June 2016, the University launched its new strategic plan for the period 2016-2023.  This sets out ambitious plans for the development of many areas of University activity.  For the estate, a major strand of the new strategy is to transform the centre of the main Clifton campus.  The University aims to create a highly visible, coherent and welcoming heart to the campus, based on Tyndall Avenue and Woodland Road by providing new facilities, remodelling and integrating existing facilities and enhancing the external public realm.  

Tyndall Avenue visualisation including new frontage for the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health

Project outline

The centre of the campus is likely to feature a new cluster of enhanced student support facilities in a new Student Resource Hub.  It will also include a major project to construct a new University library at the heart of the campus.  Improvements are also likely to be carried out to remodel the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health and to create new student facing facilities in the upper floors of the Computer Centre.  The remodelled public realm on Tyndall Avenue and ultimately Woodland Road would serve to unite all of these developments and to create a greatly enhanced experience for pedestrians and cyclists both using the University and from our adjoining communities. 

Proposed new pedestrian focussed area on Tyndall Avenue


The Estates Office is currently working on early programmes to establish how this work will progress.  It is likely that the overall programme will take approximately 5 years to deliver, although key dates are not yet set in stone.  An enabling package includes the relocation of many existing professional services and faculty staff from a range of buildings including Senate House to free up the space needed for the new initiatives.  

A copy of the Tyndall Avenue Public Realm consultation display boards (PDF, 9,363kB) are available for viewing.


Current Hawthorns building

Academic spaces

The new design and teaching space will provide a flexible, creative learning environment suitable for teaching, seminars, design sessions and group working.

Changes to the Hawthorns Study Lounge and Refectory are taking place in Autumn 2017. Find out more (PDF, 207kB).

Proposed new pedestrian focused area on Tyndall Avenue

Capital Projects supporting Tyndall Place

Design work is advancing on the exciting project to remodel the public realm around Tyndall Avenue and Woodland Road. This includes a proposal to pedestrianise Tyndall Avenue. Public consultation is underway and, once this feedback has been reviewed, we are hoping to submit a planning application in the summer of 2017. This could lead to work commencing on site in 2018.

New library design team announced

Award-winning architects and engineers have won the bid to design and deliver our new state-of-the-art library. Coming first in both the formal selection process and the staff/student consultation, the winning team is a partnership between UK architects Hawkins Brown, Danish Library specialist architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen and engineers Buro Happold.  The project team will also be joined by MACE, and Faithful and Gould for project management and cost management services. Find out more in our media release.

We will now enter a period of design development before submitting our proposals to Bristol City Council. During this phase, there will be opportunities for staff, students and members of the public to contribute views about our new library.

Great George Street and Augustine's Courtyard office moves

Hundreds of Professional Services staff have been successfully relocated to new offices this summer, to make way for physical works related to the Tyndall Place programme to begin next year. Several teams moved into newly leased space in 31 Great George Street in May. In July, we began relocating staff to newly acquired Augustine’s Courtyard building in the city centre, as fit-out works continue to the other floors. The works are due to complete in December.

Further information for staff