Brabazon student digs approved

Planning permission has been granted to accommodate 1,514 student beds at the future Brabazon site.

The approved student accommodation will form part of YTL Development’s new urban district on the former 380-acre Filton Airfield site, which will include thousands of new homes, workspaces, an arena and a public park.

It is anticipated that the ‘mansion-style’ student blocks, designed by architects Stride Treglown, will be open in time for the 2026-27 academic year, and will be located south of the Brabazon development, close to the proposed railway.

Inside the digs, there will be karaoke rooms, a gaming suite and gym as well as shared study spaces. Outside will be a basketball court and green spaces.

Sebastian Loyn, Planning and Development Director at YTL commented: “New purpose-built student accommodation is essential to our vision to create a thriving, diverse new neighbourhood for Bristol.

“When the student accommodation completes, approximately 400 private homes will also be occupied, giving a total of almost 2,000 new residents from all generations by 2026-7.

“The new residents will facilitate the arrival of a new breed of cafes, shops and restaurants.

“They will ensure the new public transport services – the MetroBus and new train station – become sustainable and reliable options for the whole community.

“Alongside the existing world-leading engineering cluster, the new residents at Brabazon will accelerate the transformation of North Bristol, ensuring it remains a place of opportunity and drives local prosperity for the next 100 years.”

The MetroBus will stop at Brabazon and both the University of the West of England (UWE) and University of Bristol.

The UWE campus is 1.5 mile walk or cycle away along dedicated bike paths and pedestrian routes.

And a new railway station will serve Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes.