ISG has secured its latest Higher Education (HE) scheme in Bristol, with the announcement of a £9.8 million project to create a new Humanities Hub for the University of Bristol.
Following on from ISG’s acclaimed £55 million Business School project at the University of West England (UWE) last year, the University of Bristol scheme was awarded via the influential Southern Construction Framework (SCF). The project is a direct response to rising demand for places at the University’s highly regarded School of Humanities, which has significantly expanded in the last five years.
The new masterplan sees a transformation of existing facilities within the grounds of the faculty’s Grade ΙΙ listed Victorian villas on Woodland Road. ISG will infill space at the rear of the properties to create contemporary learning and research space, that is sympathetic to its surroundings. In line with the University’s sustainability commitments, the new hub is targeting a BREEAM excellent performance rating, with green roof, photovoltaics, and natural ventilation elements, and the building is future proofed with the facility to connect into a district heating system.
Designed by ADP, the two-storey steel frame structure will provide new teaching and lecture facilities, with flexible and inspiring spaces for both students and staff on the city campus. The building will also house a new gallery space, virtual museum and dynamic exhibition areas.
Graham McRuvie, ADP Studio Director, summarises:
“We are delighted to have been granted consent for our scheme, which is sensitive to the context and history of the site – both the Victorian villas and the MJP additions – but also equips the University with the modern facilities it needs for the future.”
Zoe Price, ISG’s group director for public sector frameworks, added:
“The SCF is a key procurement route for a comprehensive range of capital works across the southern region, encompassing a pipeline of £2.2 billion of construction activity. The partnering framework approach has consistently proved instrumental in the delivery of complex, fast-track and critical schemes, where collaboration, innovation and early engagement lead to successful outcomes.
“ISG brings significant learning and expertise from a broad portfolio of UK and international public and private sector frameworks to the SCF as we commence work on our second keynote HE scheme in the city of Bristol.”
The project is due for completion in October 2019, with a number of lecture theatres being made available for early access in September 2019.