ISG has been appointed on a £50 million project to design a striking new home for UWE Bristol’s Faculty of Business and Law.
The landmark structure is a key component of the University’s Frenchay Campus development masterplan, occupying a strategic site in the central heart zone, adjacent to the currently under construction student union and plaza facilities.
The new five-story, 185,000-square-foot building includes collaborative space to further strengthen relationships between the university and the wider business community, allowing for the relocation and significant expansion of facilities available to students on Business and Law courses at UWE Bristol. 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 includes large glazed expanses to maximise the volume of natural light entering the building, as well as a full–height central circulation area that serves as both access and informal break out space. The structure houses a wide range of cutting-edge teaching facilities, including a 300-seat tiered double-height lecture theatre and two additional Harvard–style lecture theatres, as well as two simulated court rooms and a high-spec trading room.
UWE Bristol is a leading proponent of advanced building methodologies for increasing efficiencies during the construction process and beyond. ISG will complete the project to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 maturity, with all design information shared among project stakeholders to create a computer-based model of the building that key project stakeholders can view, interrogate, and update.
The scheme also includes a Soft Landings approach from the start, with the entire project team working closely with UWE Bristol to maximise efficiencies and improve performance during the design, construction, commissioning, and final occupancy phases, ensuring that predicted performance and expectations are fully met in the finished building. UWE Bristol intends to use the Faculty of Business and Law’s construction as a direct learning resource, showcasing advanced building methodologies for students enrolled in built environment courses.
ISG has extensive experience in the education sector, having recently completed the iconic new Business School at Cardiff University – a postgraduate resource with cutting-edge learning facilities such as a trading room and a 250-seat lecture theatre. As a framework contractor for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), ISG has worked across the country on a variety of property assets, including the Hillsborough Inquests Court Facility in Warrington.
“UWE Bristol has significant built environment expertise as the university of choice for students looking to pursue a career in the industry,” said Rob Martin, ISG’s Western regional managing director. Working together on this landmark building is an exciting prospect, as it allows for the implementation of many of the most advanced methodologies used in modern construction.
“The project team will build strong ties with the student community by providing a wealth of training and work experience opportunities for UWE Bristol students.” The Faculty of Business and Law is a true legacy project, serving as an excellent addition to the Frenchay Campus and an invaluable learning resource for the university.”