ISG has been appointed on a £50 million project to create a striking new home for the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol. The landmark building is a key element of the University’s development masterplan at Frenchay Campus, occupying a strategic site in the central heart zone, adjacent to the currently under construction student union and plaza facilities.
Enabling the relocation and significant expansion of facilities available to students on Business and Law courses at UWE Bristol, the new five-storey, 185,000 sq ft building includes collaborative space to further strengthen relationships between the university and wider business community. Professional organisations will have a base in the new building and judges, accountants, small business owners and start-ups will be able to mix with staff and students in specially designed social learning areas.
The concrete frame structure incorporates large glazed expanses to maximise the volume of natural light entering the building, with a full–height central circulation area providing both access and informal break out space. The building boasts a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a 300-seat tiered double-height lecture theatre and a further two Harvard–style lecture theatres, as well as two simulated court rooms and a high-specification trading room.
UWE Bristol is a leading advocate of advanced building methodologies to drive efficiencies during the construction process and beyond into occupancy. ISG will deliver 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 that can be viewed, interrogated and updated by key project stakeholders.
The scheme also incorporates a Soft Landings approach from the outset, which sees the entire project team working closely with UWE Bristol to maximise efficiencies and enhance performance during the design, construction, commissioning and final occupation phases, so that predicted performance and expectations are fully met in the completed building. UWE Bristol is set to use the construction of the Faculty of Business and Law as a direct learning resource, showcasing advanced building methodologies for students on its built environment courses.
ISG has strong education sector credentials, recently completing the iconic new Business School at Cardiff University – a post graduate resource with state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a trading room and 250-seat lecture theatre. As a framework contractor for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), ISG has worked nationally across a wide-range of property assets – including the delivery of the Hillsborough Inquests Court Facility in Warrington.
Rob Martin, ISG’s Western regional managing director, commented:
“UWE Bristol has significant built environment expertise as the university of choice for students looking to pursue a career in the industry. Working in partnership on this landmark building is an exciting proposition, providing the opportunity to implement many of the most advanced methodologies used in modern construction.
“The project team will foster strong links with the student community, with a wealth of training and work experience opportunities for UWE Bristol students. The Faculty of Business and Law is a true legacy project, proving an outstanding addition to the Frenchay Campus and an invaluable learning resource for the university.”