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University campus in Bristol sold to be turned into 215 homes and a new Steiner school

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 16 July 2015 8:43

University campus in Bristol sold to be turned into 215 homes and a new Steiner school

The University of the West of England has sold its St Matthias Campus to house-builder Barratt Homes.

The firm plans to build 215 homes on the grounds, while the listed buildings – a quadrangle of Victorian Gothic buildings - will become a school run by The Steiner Academy, Bristol.

Bill Marshall, UWE pro vice-chancellor who directed the project, handed the keys to Thea Gregory, a former UWE student, and now the senior land manager at Barratt Homes.

Angie Brown, the principal of The Steiner Academy, accepted keys in turn from Thea. Angie is also a former UWE student and who studied at the St Matthias Campus.

Bill said: “This is a milestone in the history of UWE. The St Matthias College formed part of the University of the West of England, when Bristol Polytechnic gained university status in 1992 so it is sad to see it sold.

“However I am delighted that we have been able to find a good buyer and that we have kept the site at least part occupied during the sale.

“It is good to know that the main buildings will be looked after by the Steiner Academy, Bristol, and even better to know that they will continue to be used for teaching.”

Thea said: “Little did I know when I studied for my Town and Country Planning degree at St Matthias Campus, that almost 24 years ago to the day that I left, that I would be back, in my working capacity to collect the keys in order to redevelop the site.

“We are thrilled to be delivering the housing alongside the Steiner Academy Bristol, which will be refurbishing the listed buildings for a new primary and secondary school.

“The fact that the listed buildings on site will be retained in educational use, was particularly important to us, and we are delighted that they will be maintained and enhanced for many years to come.”

Gordon Isgrove, senior director at Bilfinger GVA, who negotiated the sale, said, “This is a landmark site in North Bristol, that is about to start a new chapter in its history, retaining its 150 year links to education but also meeting the need for much needed new homes in the area. Barratt’s development will have good access to the city centre, as well as neighbouring parkland and open space.”

The sale was negotiated by the land and development team at the Bristol office of Bilfinger GVA, while the property adviser’s planning team advised Barratt Homes and The Steiner Academy throughout the planning process.

Pictured: Thea Gregory from Barratt Homes with Bill Marshall from UWE

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