WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed to oversee University of Bristol expansion

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s South West team has been appointed by Interserve Construction, part of Interserve Plc, the international support services and construction group to provide engineering services for a new wing at the University of Bristol.

The new wing extension will be added to the Queens School of Engineering, a four-storey 1950s structure, and will provide additional teaching and research space for the Faculty of Engineering. The Faculty, is looking to reinforce its position as a world leader, building on Bristol’s long held tradition of engineering excellence with the ability to offer significant opportunities to enhance research collaborations, industrial partnerships and to promote greater recruitment of female and overseas students.

The new wing will include:

  • A large flexible teaching space that will accommodate up to 200 people and will also be suitable for open day activities, exams, summer schools, conferences and industry events.
  • An undergraduate laboratory for hands-on engineering work that contains built-in demonstration areas and open plan office space.
  • Locally bookable student meeting spaces.
  • Research offices to enable effective grouping of research collaborators whilst better using existing space in the current building.
  • Externally it provides a new entrance to the Queens Building from Woodland Road, and improved links to other University buildings particularly within the Engineering Faculty.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will be providing structural and civil engineering consultancy services for the project.

Peter Bone, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff technical director, said:

“This is an important win for our team in the South West to be providing first class engineering for a world-renowned engineering institution. We need to be able to attract the best and brightest to our profession and this new wing will make the University of Bristol an even more attractive place for the engineers of tomorrow.”

Professor Alan Champneys, Head of the Queens School of Engineering, added:

“The University is delighted to be working with Inteserve and their partners WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Bristol has a reputation for being a city of innovation and we are excited that the new facility will ensure our students have the best educational experience.”

Talking about the appointment, Paul Gale, Divisional Director for Interserve said:

“We are very pleased that WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff are working with us to deliver this fantastic new facility for the University of Bristol.”