It wasn’t long ago that this prominent site on Cattle Market Road featured one of Bristol’s biggest eyesores. Since January, the council’s contractors have been working tirelessly to dismantle the former Royal Mail Sorting Office to make ready for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, as part of the ongoing transformation of this new city quarter.

Check out the full time lapse below to see how the building was deconstructed.


Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said “The redevelopment of the Temple Quarter will help deliver the gateway the city deserves, as well as regenerating the area with thousands of new homes and jobs.

“As well as creating a brand new university campus, the clearance of this site will unlock new routes to the station and open up vital links between the East of Bristol and the centre.

“I’m proud that this has been brought about by decisive action on the part of the council and through close working with our partners – it shows what we can achieve when we work together. The development of this site is a big step forward towards our goal of creating an inclusive new city district which will offer new opportunities for the benefit of everyone in Bristol.”

The university plans to create an open and welcoming campus on the seven-acre site, which will span both the sorting office plot and part of neighbouring Temple Island.

It will provide teaching, research and innovation space for some 800 staff, external partners and 3,000 students, with accommodation on site for up to 1,500 undergraduates and postgraduates. The design of the campus is also looking to ensure members of the public feel welcome using the public spaces and local communities can connect through use of facilities and educational opportunities. Find information on the university’s consultation opportunities on their Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus website. The next round of consultation will be taking place from 9-25 September.