University of Bristol Life Sciences Building

Client University of Bristol

Our team was commissioned by the University of Bristol in 2006 to provide multidisciplinary services including civil and structural engineering and project management for their new build, high specification landmark Life Sciences building. 

The building was the university’s biggest construction project and is the focal point for leading research needed to tackle the key challenges of the 21st century, such as food security and environmental conservation. 

The building provides over 13,500 square metres of specialist research laboratory and office space for the advancement of Life Sciences within the city centre campus. The laboratory wing of the building includes one of the largest teaching labs in the UK, capable of accommodating 200 students. Other facilities include:  

  • fully secure research laboratories  
  • plant rooms  
  • microscope rooms  
  • flexible teaching space  
  • greenhouses  
  • acoustic chambers  
  • other vital research facilities  

The central atrium and office wing provide administration space as well as flexible computer access and multi-use interaction spaces, seminar rooms, social and informal space. 

This flagship project showcased the best in sustainable design and energy efficiency. It was designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and represents a major part of the university’s drive to provide energy efficient laboratories. The building draws on natural sources of energy to operate in a sustainable way: heat from the laboratories’ ventilation systems is reclaimed and re-used, rainwater collected from the roof is used to flush the toilets, and blinds lower automatically when the sun shines, and the lighting has been designed to avoid pollution of the night sky.  

For more information on this project, our work with other extraordinary buildings, or how we work with clients like the University of Bristol, please contact Michael Anderson, Sector Lead for Buildings.