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 13,500m² 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 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 building will form a research hub for interdisciplinary research, advancing scientific research across 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.
The plant and research area is heading towards completion. Steel has been erected for the glass screen on the roof.
The west elevation is being transformed as the cladding work progresses.
The new pedestrian link from St Michael's Hill has commenced. The Physics Building can now be viewed as you ascend the main steps.
The new rooftop cafe is coming to completion and will offer the best views in Bristol to enjoy a cup of coffee.
The removal of scaffolds on the St Michael's Hill elevation has commenced, revealing the Bath stone facade.
Construction continues to the lab block (yellow exterior wall in this photo) and on the full height atrium that will separate the laboratory and office spaces.
The glass screen for the atrium has completed and final touches are being added to complete the aluminium rain screen cladding on the laboratory block.
As the cladding and air units for the laboratories are complete, the west elevation of the building looks transformed.
Most of the scaffolding has now come down from the St Michael's Hill frontage, displaying the beautiful Bath stone. Improvement works will now commence to the road and pavement.
The main entrance to the new building is coming to completion and is now proudly marked as the University's new Life Sciences Building. Behind the building, landscape works are well underway and footpaths to the new building.
Large areas of the academic and office spaces are into their final stages and the commissioning has started sucessfully.
The Sky Lounge, located on the top floor of the building on the eastern elevation is fully furnished and will be providing a superb location for a coffee break.
The cafe opens out onto the spectacular rooftop terrace, providing some of the best views of Bristol to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Greenhouse area as part of the five storey laboratory wing.
Many rooms offer a remarkable view across different areas of the University precinct. This one looks out over the Arts and Social Sciences library, adjacent to the grand title of the building which hovers over the entrance.
The grand atrium of the Life Sciences building, viewed from the entrance elevation at 3rd floor level.
A view from the laboratory wing displaying the different areas for social study and breakout meeting space for study and teaching groups.
As well as large teaching laboratories, smaller seminar spaces are also provided for teaching.
The building includes new accommodation for staff in the School of Biological Sciences.
The laboratory spaces include smaller areas for research but also feature larger laboratories for teaching with enhanced technology for staff-student interaction.
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