AHR appointed to deliver new engineering building for University of West England

AHR has been appointed by the University of the West of England (UWE) to design and deliver their new multimillion pound engineering building.

The building, which will be located at the University’s main Frenchay Campus, will feature mechanical and manual workshops, teaching labs, social learning spaces and academic offices. It will be home to all of the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes, accommodating more than 1,600 students.

Gary Overton, AHR director, said:

“It was important for us to create a design that would support their predicted increase in engineering students over the coming years. We have developed a strong relationship with the University having worked on several projects as part of their ambitious Campus 2020 masterplan.”

Henry Easterbrook, Hydrock’s building performance engineering director, commented:

“We are looking forward to working alongside AHR again and being involved with the structural and building performance design that will facilitate the university’s growth.”

The project is being designed and operated to BIM Level 2 alongside Hydrock, with planning due to go in for construction to start summer 2018.

AHR is also designing the £4m transformation of the former Laundry site at the University’s Glenside Campus, which is currently in for planning.

The interior refit for the existing Glenside Hub, set within a Listed building at the Glenside Campus, was recently completed by AHR.

Gary added:

“We have received wonderful feedback from students and teaching staff alike on the Glenside Hub refurbishment. It is great to have our design team working collaboratively with the university on another visionary project.”