New multimillion-pound engineering facility planned for UWE Bristol

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has announced plans for a new multimillion-pound engineering building.

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The Frenchay Campus (Credit: UWE Bristol) 

Located next to the new Bristol Business School in the heart of the Frenchay Campus, the 8,500 m2 facility is set to be home to 1,600 undergraduate and post graduate students along with 100 academic and technical staff. Subject to planning consent, construction will begin in summer 2018 and be completed during the summer of 2020. A design team, led by architects AHR, has already been appointed, and the concept design is due to be revealed this November.

“We aim to make UWE Bristol the number one school of engineering amongst the University Alliance group by 2020,” said Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol President and Vice-Chancellor. “This exciting plan continues our commitment to investing in our campuses and facilities.”

“There is a shortage of engineers in the region and we are responding to this demand by delivering a practice-based curriculum that will produce ready and able graduates equipped with the right industry skills, experience and knowledge.”

According to UWE Bristol, the investment will help attract a diverse, creative and innovative student body to engineering as a profession, help address the region’s emerging skills gaps, and enable the faculty to respond to the emerging demand for Degree Apprenticeships in engineering.

“This will be a new engineering building for a new engineering pedagogy,” said Tod Burton, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology.

“The building will support our move to collaborative, problem-based learning, enabling our students to develop the skills and knowledge that UK industry requires to remain at the forefront of advancements in engineering.”