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 spaces in Senate House by 2020, a year earlier than planned.

On 10 June, building work starts 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. (The interim name ‘Information Point’ will remain until the full service is launched in September 2020).

What is changing?
As the building is being transformed, Senate House will close from 10 June to 23 September 2019 and the student services will temporarily relocate over the summer.

Where can I find...From June over the Summer?From September 2019 to June 2020?
Information Point

Closes on Friday 7 June, at 5pm.
Reopens Tuesday 11 June, Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue

Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue 
Student Visa / Funding Office

Drop-in services are closed on Monday 3 June, and Monday 10 June.
Reopens Tuesday 11 June, Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue. 

Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue 
Income Office and Credit Control Drop-in services are closed Friday 7 June and Monday 10 June. 
Reopens Tuesday 11 June, Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue. 
Ground Floor, 5 Tyndall Avenue 
PGR Hub

From Friday 31 May, there will be pop-up activities across the campus

L2 in Senate House
Bristol SU Living Room

Closes on Thursday 6 June.
Reopens as a pop-up space in the Balloon Bar, Richmond Building,
Monday 17 June, 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

L4 in Senate House 
Study Seats Alternative study space is open all summer in the Hawthorns study centre. L4 Senate House from 23 September 2019

Temporary closure of St Michael’s Park
Work has started in Senate House to build the new two-storey food court. To maximise safety and minimise the impact of works traffic on Woodland Road, we are required to close the end of St Michael’s Park to vehicles, from the rear of Senate House to Woodland Road.

We are waiting for Council approval for the road closure, which will start from July until summer 2020. We understand that closing a road can cause inconvenience but hope the impact will be minimal.

Vehicles can still use the road as far as Senate House and can access Osborne Villas and the University Day Nursery via St Michael’s Hill. Pedestrians and cyclists will have full access.

For further information visit Campus Heart, and if you have questions please email campus-heart@bristol.ac.uk

Students choose to keep the name Senate House 

Over the last few months we gathered over 1,700 responses from you on the renaming of Senate House through an online survey, workshops and a street survey.

Over 500 of you took part in the online survey and workshops to shortlist the popular names. These were then put to a representative sample group of over 1,000 students through a street survey, which resulted in students choosing the name Senate House as their number one choice.

Senate House was chosen by 22% of students, followed by Student Hub (11%), Jo Cox Building (10%) and Campus Heart (10%).

So, the name Senate House will remain for now and will be revisited after the building reopens with the new food court and student-facing services and facilities in September 2020.


Where can I find out more?

At every stage we will try to keep you informed about noise and disruption, so you know what’s happening when and where.

Regular updates will be posted on the newsfeed, in and around Senate House and via Faculties, Schools and on channels like the Portal and on the Your Bristol blog.

If you have any feedback or concerns please get in touch by emailing campus-heart@bristol.ac.uk.


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