CoL and BPP secure premises for Bristol launch

The College of Law (CoL) has officially named Bristol’s busy Temple Quarter as the site for its latest branch – just minutes from BPP Law School’s new building.

The new 20,000 sq ft building, which will serve the whole of the South West region, will be the college’s eighth centre in the UK and follows the launch of its Manchester operation, which welcomed its first tranche of students in September.

CoL’s chief executive Nigel Savage said: “The Temple Quarter site is ideally situated for the college, being so close to the city centre and within walking distance of Temple Meads station. Students will also be close to many of the city’s leading law firms.”

Meanwhile its arch-rival, BPP, confirmed that it has secured a site on Queen Square, not far from CoL’s Temple Quarter base.

The CoL hopes to attract 190 Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law students in Bristol in 2010, while BPP hopes to attract up to 60 LPC students to its new site.

CoL already has centres in London (Bloomsbury and Moorgate), Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York.

The news comes after BPP celebrated the official launch of its new business school in the heart of the City last month.

The new arm, adjacent to Norman Foster’s iconic “Gherkin” building and opposite Lloyds of London, will be principally used by BPP Business School. However, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has authorised the law school to house 300 LPC students in the new building.

BPP already has branches in Leeds, Manchester and London (Holborn and Waterloo) and has announced it will be launching in Birmingham in 2010 although the location has not yet been finalised.