International law firm Osborne Clarke has advised the University of Bristol as work begins on its new Temple Quarter Campus at a total investment of around £500 million. Work will commence this month after the University signed contracts with construction company Sir Robert McAlpine.

The campus is located at Cattle Market Road, next to Bristol Temple Meads Station on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office. Opening in 2026, the site will be home to 4,600 students and 650 university staff who will come together with business and community partners to tackle some of the world's great challenges.

As a global destination for world-leading research, education and innovation, the University of Bristol will strengthen the data science, digital innovation, creative industries, cyber and quantum sectors with its 38, 000 sqm academic building at the heart of the campus. This building will be home to the University's Business School, digital engineering research groups, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre as well as providing dedicated facilities for enterprise and community partners.

The University of Bristol is working closely with Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority, Network Rail and Homes England to achieve these aims.

The Osborne Clarke team was led by Partner Chris Wade and Associate Director Sarah McCool. Associate Director Laura Thornton and Partner Catherine Wolfenden advised on procurement matters.

Sarah said: "The University of Bristol is an integral part of the region and this world class campus will bring significant socio-economic benefits to the city as well as cementing the city's and wider South West region's position as a global innovation destination. It has been a pleasure to support the University as it signs the contracts and work gets underway."

Osborne Clarke is a recognised industry leader in the Built Environment providing a comprehensive lifecycle service and advising major real estate industry organisations, ranging from occupiers to property funds to developers and investors.

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