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Enabling works have now been completed on the site, with construction due to 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, with the vice-chancellor and his team based in the new building.
Pro vice-chancellor and commercial director Bill Marshall said: “The building will be 17,200 square metres in size over six floors. It will be naturally ventilated with energy efficient lighting and control systems. It will contain new 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.’
Work will begin in December, with 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, added: “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.
“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.
“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.