Plans for Bristol UWE's 200-bed Campus Hotel Approved
Plans for a 200-bed hotel on a Bristol university campus have been approved by South Gloucestershire Council. It will be built at the University of the West of England's (UWE) Frenchay Campus. The scheme is part of a wider development of the site, which will include a transport hub, business school and more student accommodation. Building work will take place on the old Hewlett Packard land which was bought by the university in 2008. Preliminary work is expected to begin on the scheme within the next six months.
Over the next 10 years, the hope is for the campus to provide a student union building, a business school and student accommodation. The university will merge its three existing campuses into a single 136-acre (55-hectare) site serving 25,000 students of whom 3,500 would live on campus. The campus would also be situated alongside the proposed new stadium for Bristol Rovers Football Club.
University Vice Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said: "This is an important milestone for the university in bringing forward our vision to enhance the learning environment that students of the 21st Century deserve." Previously deputy vice-chancellor John Rushforth said there was a demand for a hotel on the site, particularly with the university's conference facilities and exhibition space.