Bower Ashton redevelopment receives environmental award

Issue date: 11 November 2008

Bower Ashton Campus Knowle West Media Centre 13 November 2008 11.00

The University of the West of England will receive an Environmental Award from Bristol Civic Society for the Bower Ashton Phase 1 redevelopment. The redevelopment is the first phase of a master plan to upgrade the buildings housing UWE's Faculty of Creative Arts. So far £12 million has been invested.

A special plaque and certificate will be presented to Professor Paul Gough, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts, at a ceremony at 11.00 on 13 November 2008 at Knowle West Media Centre.

The redevelopment includes a new entrance to the campus and a new building containing a reception area, administration offices, studios for the electronic imaging centre, large volume art studios with north facing skylights, small seminar rooms and a gallery space suitable for 2D and 3D exhibitions.

The largest of the original campus buildings has also been refurbished with specialist teaching spaces for Animation, Photography and Graphic Design and, again, vast improvements in heating and lighting make this old building much more energy efficient. And finally, and in keeping with the environmental theme and in line with the University's Transport Plan there have been huge improvements for cyclists, with shower facilities and covered cycle racks, and changes on site to accommodate the Ulink bus service.

Professor Paul Gough said, “We are delighted that the first phase of the Bower Ashton redevelopment has been recognised with this prestigious award. UWE is currently ranked third Greenest University and we are striving to integrate innovations that are environmentally sustainable into all aspects of our operations from buildings to recycling to transport planning.”

Louise Jennings co-ordinated the redevelopment, she said, “The redevelopment embraces new technology in a bid to reduce energy consumption. Through a system of chimneys the new building is able to self-cool, getting rid of the need for air-conditioning units. Lighting levels are also monitored with sensors and, if a room is left unoccupied, lights automatically switch off.”

Charles Fox, Environmental Awards Organiser at Bristol Civic Society said, “It is always pleasing choosing an Environmental Award Winner on a green site and this one is outstanding for its discretion and obvious sustainability.”

Every year the public and Bristol Civic Society members are encouraged to select sites which they believe are an environmental improvement anywhere in Bristol. The nominations have to be made by 1 June and they refer to schemes completed in the preceding calendar year.

Awards are given for new or renovated buildings, improvements in spaces between buildings, new or renovated murals or monuments and imaginative use or adaptation of buildings no longer required for their original purpose.


Editors notes:
For more information about the Bristol Civic Society Environmental Awards please see

For more information about UWE's redevelopment programme at Bower Ashton please see

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