UWE Bristol appoints main contractor for landmark £50m project

Issue date: 02 April 2015

Artist impression of the Faculty of Business and Law

UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) has appointed ISG as the main contractor to deliver its new state-of-the art building for the Faculty of Business and Law.

ISG is an international construction services company, with strong education sector credentials, delivering Fit Out, Construction, Engineering Services and Specialist Solutions, operating in 28 countries worldwide.

Enabling works have now been completed on the site and construction work will start in May. The new building will house Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School and is part of the University's campus development plan to build a University for the 21st century.

The landmark academic building will be located at the heart of the new developments on the UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, on the northern side of a newly formed plaza. The Vice Chancellor and his team will also be based in this new building.

Pro Vice Chancellor and Commercial Director Bill Marshall said, “The building will be 17,200 square metres in size over six floors. The new building will be naturally ventilated with energy efficient lighting and control systems. It will contain state of the art teaching and lecturing facilities including two Harvard style lecture theatres, a 300 seat tiered lecture theatre, two showcase mock court rooms and a trading room. The project will cost £50 million. We expect that work will begin in December 2014 and the building is due to be operational from January 2017.”

Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School educate future professionals in all aspects of business and law – from entrepreneurship, management, leadership, strategy through to economists, accountants, marketing and human resources. As well as offering academic law courses they also train barristers and solicitors. They provide alongside this, research into important business and law issues that confront both businesses and society.

Innovative new courses, such as the successful Business Team Entrepreneurship degree, are already creating an exciting buzz on campus, with students responding to the challenges of creating their own businesses during their time at university.

UWE Bristol Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jane Harrington, said, “It will provide a first-class teaching and learning environment comprising lecture facilities, teaching and seminar rooms, specialist learning facilities such as a trading room and law courts, and staff offices.

“It will include specialist executive development facilities as well as space for collaboration, business development and informal learning space – this wonderful new building will fulfil the aspirations of students, staff and the business community.

“This building will enable the business community to share in the vibrant atmosphere at UWE Bristol and benefit from closer contact with students and academics.

“Our role is to be part of the world of business, to reach out to business and enable them to reach in to us. There are huge benefits for businesses of working closely with a modern practice-based University like UWE Bristol, and this new building will create the opportunity to enable this to happen by fostering informal and formal interaction.

“Key professional organisations will have a base in the new building; and barristers, accountants, small business owners and start-ups (to name but some of our visitors) will be able to mix with staff and students in the social learning areas. Pop-up pods will provide flexible workspaces and state-of-the-art law courts will offer excellent facilities for our law students.”

Detailed planning consent was granted on 27 October 2014.

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