Planning green light for Biological Sciences and Mathematics
Press release issued: 8 April 2009
Bristol City Council has given the go ahead to plans for £80 million-worth of new research and teaching accommodation for the University of Bristol’s departments of Biological Sciences and Mathematics. The decision to grant planning, Conservation Area consents and listed building consents, subject to completion of necessary conditions and agreements, was made at the Council’s Development Control Committee meeting on 8 April.
The new development will be built on part of the old Children’s Hospital site on the corner of St Michael’s Hill and Tyndall Avenue. It consists of two striking new buildings as well as improvements to the public realm, including a new route into Royal Fort Garden from St Michael’s Hill. The circular drum-shaped Mathematics department will be located within a new landscaped courtyard, adjacent to the listed H H Wills Physics Building, while the new Biological Sciences accommodation will be a dramatic five-bay building fronting St Michael’s Hill.
The project was co-ordinated by the University’s Estates Office, working with a consultant team including Sheppard Robson Architects, CSJ Planning Consultants, Nicholas Pearson Associates and Capita Symonds.
Professor Eric Thomas, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is great news for the University and the city. It means we have permission to create the kind of facilities that will keep Bristol at the top of its game in key areas of science.”
Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates at the University added: “We are delighted that these plans for Biological Sciences and Mathematics have been given the green light. The decision represents the culmination of some 15 months of ongoing planning and development work involving the local community and many other interested groups and organisations. I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation process and contributed along the way.
“This is a major development on a complex site. We still have some way to go in terms of undertaking various site preparation works and further archaeological investigation, but could be in a position to begin construction work some time next year.”