Transforming to Campus Heart

‌‌‌Transforming Tyndall Avenue & Woodland Road to "Campus Heart"

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 Campus Heart

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.

Campus Heart website

Senate House refurbishment

Exciting development proposals are being brought forward to refurbish Senate House into a building with student-facing services and spaces. A major part of the project is relocating the catering and hospitality facilities from the Hawthorns to Senate House, to enable the University to proceed with it’s plans for a new Library. A draft presentation from our recent public exhibition can be found here - Senate House Refurbishment (PDF, 3,356kB).

The courtyard extension design proposes to provide the following facilities:

* A modern aesthetic in order to meet the high expectations of the users

* A range of outlets providing a variety of food offers

* An open plan space with a flexible layout

* An improved entrance to the lower ground floor of Senate House

The aspiration is that the internal dining space will be dynamic and flexible, with the potential for pop-up catering outlets to be installed at certain peak times throughout the year. The space will create a visual and physical link to the cafe and the Student Advice Service on the upper ground floor, and is envisioned as a central hub for both the building users and the local community.

For more information on this, please visit the public exhibition display, which will be on display in the Senate House entrance area from Friday 9th February - Friday 23 February 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.

Further information for staff