Plans for Senate House

Feb 7, 2018


CHIS representatives recently attended a pre-application presentation by Bristol University regarding proposals to extend Senate House.

It is planned to move the University's residential and catering services from The Hawthorns to Senate House. The proposal is to extend the lower ground floor and to infill the extended courtyard with a new double height space. This open plan space with its flexible layout would house a range of food outlets. It would have an improved entrance from Tyndall Avenue. There would be new fenestration on the whole building. Some mature trees would be lost.

As to The Hawthorns, the plan is that ultimately the existing building be demolished and a new University Library built on the site.

Concerns were expressed by those present regarding the provision of parking space for service and other vehicles and refuse storage, many considering that the small space allocated for both was insufficient. Most found the actual extension to be acceptable in design, although some thought it perverse to provide a library with pleasant open views while situating the café/bar areas in a semi-basement.

The administrative services at present located in Senate House would be relocated and the upper storeys would be used for study areas, classrooms, student welfare and possibly student bedrooms.

A detailed planning application will, no doubt, be submitted to BCC later this year at which time CHIS will comment.

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