University of the West of England, Ashton Bower Campus
Austin-Smith:Lord were appointed by the University of the West of England to deliver the Bower Ashton Masterplan and undertake the architectural design and delivery.
Home to the Faculty of Creative Arts, the masterplan significantly improves the outdated existing campus, adding two new buildings, demolition of existing poor quality accommodation, refurbishment of existing facilities, as well as comprehensive landscaping of the campus including a new central courtyard space and rationalisation of car parking and site access.
Building 1 – the new-build Digital Media building (completed in 2017) provides a modern, fit-for purpose, digitally-connected environment that will attract and retain students and retain the University’s reputation as a sector leader. It provides space for growth in high performing subject areas.
Building 2 – The Physical Making building, currently ongoing, comprises of the demolition of an existing building, construction of the new Physical Making building, and rationalisation of carparking and site access. A new central landscape courtyard is planned as part of future phases along with refurbishment of existing buildings and an extension to the Physical Making building.
We are delighted and proud of our new digital media building designed by Austin-Smith:Lord. The building provides a demanding technical function within a striking and elegant design.
A-S:L have been creative and supportive throughout the design and build and have set a benchmark for our campus redevelopment.
Roger Conlon – Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries & Education, University of the West of England
CLIENT: UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND
VALUE: £13.5m COMBINED
COMPLETION: BUILDING 1: 2017. BUILDING 2: ONGOING
SERVICE: ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE, INTERIORS
CONTRACTOR: WILLMOTT DIXON
LANDSCAPE: AUSTIN-SMITH: LORD
COST CONSULTANT: FAITHFUL & GOULD
2018 LABC BRISTOL EXCELLENCE AWARDS: BEST PUBLIC SERVICE BUILDING & BEST EDUCATIONAL BUILDING (BOTH FOR DIGITAL MEDIA BUILDING)
LABC WEST OF ENGLAND REGIONAL AWARD: BEST EDUCATIONAL BUILDING (DIGITAL MEDIA BUILDING)