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Queen’s Engineering Building New Wing Handed Over

Queen's Building exterior

Queen's Building interior

30 November 2017

Students and staff at the Faculty of Engineering are now in full occupation of the Queen’s Engineering new wing, which was completed in early September. The new building provides extensive and flexible teaching spaces and laboratories for the Faculty, together with a range of academic and postgraduate work spaces. The project also involved the renovation of a number of existing laboratories within the Queen’s Engineering building.

The project involved the construction of a new extension of approximately 1600 square metres to the west of the Queen’s Engineering building. The site was a challenging one, both in its levels and in the plethora of University services that needed to be relocated before construction work could commence. 

Steve Runicles, leading Project Officer, commented:

‘Personally, the project has been a very positive and fulfilling experience. Not without its issues and challenges, effecting significant change to an existing and operational building is never straight forward. Throughout the project there has been a real team spirit, highly effective communication and an impressive level of collaboration with the contractor, Willmott Dixon; Faculty; Capital Projects and FM teams. The success of the project is testament to the outstanding efforts of the individuals and organisations involved.’

One particular challenge for the Estates Office was in managing a £50 million programme of construction on either side of Woodland Road.

Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates, commented: 

‘Maintaining safe access for students and staff on Woodland Road, while adhering to Bristol City Council’s request to keep a two way flow of the traffic, was one of the project’s biggest challenges. The Queen’s Engineering extension and the Fry building renovation for the School of Mathematics have been progressing simultaneously and we have needed to be ever cognisant of the potential risks involved. Happily, the management procedures all worked effectively and although the Fry building continues on site, traffic and pedestrian flows are now getting back to normal.’

The Queen’s Engineering extension has been built to the University’s normal environmental criteria and has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating at the design stage, with environmental considerations being foremost in both design and construction.