Opening 2014: A £54 million state of the art building, exploring new horizons in biology and medicine
The University has appointed VINCI Construction UK to lead on the development of an iconic building that will regenerate 13,500 square meters of space in the heart of Bristol. The new site will provide outstanding laboratories for science teaching and will enhance the undergraduate experience by facilitating research-led study and staff-student interaction.
The site for the new Life Sciences building used to house the disused ward blocks of the Old Children’s Hospital, the 1960s Focus Centre and two blocks of houses. The listed frontage of the Old Children’s Hospital will be retained. The rest of the site will be transformed to house the School of Biological Sciences, currently located in early 1900s listed building on Woodland Road.
This flagship project, coupled with a raft of new academic appointments, underscores the University's belief that many of the 21st century's most exciting and important scientific advances will come from biology and that the next generation of biology graduates will have unprecedented opportunities.
Located at the centre of the precinct, the building will couple central positioning with the best in sustainable design and energy efficiency including:
The Life Sciences building will form a research hub for interdisciplinary research, advancing scientific research across the full spectrum of the discipline and the University's vast portfolio of expertise. Based on an iconic and imaginative design, the space will be split into three zones, including:
Take a virtual tour in, through and around the Life Sciences building as it will be upon completion, created by the architects, Sheppard Robson.
Evidence of the preparatory works by Birse Civils on the corner of Tyndall Avenue and St Michael's Hill. This includes the significant excavation of the site which is now up to 7 metres lower than ground level, as marked by the Nanoscience and Quantum Information building on the left.
Evidence of the pad foundations and ground drainage works by VINCI. You can also glimpse part of one of the blue tower cranes that reach high above the City.
Completion of basement floor slabs and construction of main stair/lift core structures.
Construction now reaches ground floor level.
A glimpse of the spectacular views the new building will provide over Bristol.
Image of the Life Sciences site as the concrete frame nears full height.
The concrete frame has completed and steel work has begun on the upper floor for plant and research space (top left).
A view looking across to Tyndall Avenue showing the height the building has reached next to its neighbour, Nanoscience and Quantum Information.
Ground preparation begins for the start of public realm works in spring 2013.
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The rest of the team contributing to this project are:
Updated 22 April 2013 by Estates
University of Bristol, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK. Tel: +44 (0)117 928 9000