Construction work begins on new UWE Bristol studios

Construction has now started on production and post-production facilities at The University of West England (UWE), Bristol, after planning consent was granted for the latest phase of its City Campus development.

Based at Bower Ashton Studios, the new building will be used by students studying film and journalism programmes and is part of a phased redevelopment of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education.

The new studio facilities have been designed to complement existing locations in the city, Spike Island, Arnolfini, and the Watershed, forming a network of connected spaces known as City Campus.

Alex Gilkison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, said: "The new studio facilities will support the Faculty's ambition to develop a modern, digitally-enabled studio campus close to the heart of Bristol's creative and digital economy”.

UWE Bristol also has plans for a second building which will provide new art and design facilities for all students within City Campus.

Gleeds is providing project management services for the campus masterplan redevelopment and worked with the University in 2015 to refurbish the iconic ‘Arnolfini’ building in Bristol city centre.

Terry Langdon, Director for Gleeds in Bristol, said: “Maintaining access to leading edge facilities is an essential part of keeping universities competitive and at the forefront of their field of expertise. We are delighted to be involved in a project that will help promote Bristol to national and international students and drives further regeneration in the city.”  

The building has been designed by architects' practice is Austin-Smith:Lord and is due to complete late 2017.