David Attenborough has officially opened the University of Bristol’s £56.5million Life Sciences Building
Built on the site of a disused ward block, the building for the School of Biological Sciences on the University of Bristol’s city centre campus incorporates the frontage of the former Children’s Hospital.
The building is arranged in two parallel wings enclosing a central atrium and contains teaching space for 200 students, .
Clad in Bath stone, ‘to reflect the domestic architecture of the area’, the roadside east wing houses offices and seminar rooms.
The five-storey laboratory wing, which contains acoustic chambers, spectroscopy, microscope and clean rooms, is wrapped in a wall anodised aluminium and topped with a state-of-the-art greenhouse that is capable of recreating tropical conditions.
Accredited BREEAM Excellent, the building has a 20 metre high living wall, reclaims heat from the laboratories’ ventilation systems, has a rainwater harvesting system and automatically controlled sun blinds.