ISG has successfully delivered a £55 million project at the University of West England (UWE Bristol) – creating a striking new home for the Faculty of Business and Law. Staff and students working and studying at Bristol Business School (BBS) and Bristol Law School (BLS) have moved into the new facilities, which represent the centre-piece of the university’s £300 million capital investment programme.
The Bristol Business School Building is designed to foster formal and informal interaction between the university and wider business community, and the new facility promises to bring many benefits to the regional economy. The five-storey, 185,000 sq ft building includes large areas of collaborative space, where professional organisations, judges, accountants, small business owners and start-ups, will be able to mix with staff and students in specially designed social learning areas.
Professor Steve West, President and Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said:
“It is wonderful to see this flagship build fully occupied. At UWE Bristol we teach business differently. A UWE education goes beyond getting industry accreditation, important though this is. We are harnessing relationships with thousands of businesses across the region, nationally and internationally helping us to shape our courses so that our students develop the skills that are needed to help the economy thrive.”
Features of the new building include two showcase law courts, a city trading room, a 300-seat tiered double-height lecture theatre, two Harvard lecture theatres and an incubator for the university’s Team Entrepreneur course, where a degree is earned by students collaborating in teams to create and run a business over a three year period under the guidance of mentors.
The building also incorporates technology enhanced and flexible learning spaces, IT suites, meeting facilities and parking for business, an external business engagement space, a central social space and café.
UWE Bristol is a leading advocate of advanced building methodologies to drive efficiencies during the construction process and beyond into occupancy. ISG delivered the project to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 maturity, with all design information shared between project stakeholders to create a computer-based model of the building.
Rob Martin, ISG’s Western regional managing director, commented:
“As a Bristol-based contractor, seeing the development and investment in UWE’s Frenchay campus and across the entire university estate is incredibly positive for our city and the wider region. The new Bristol Business School has already achieved landmark building status and exemplifies how UWE do things differently – with collaboration and inclusion two of the overriding design principles of the project.
“Feedback from staff and students using the new building has been excellent and this is a great showcase for ISG in our portfolio of progressive and innovative facilities for our forward thinking education client base.”