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Competition: University of Bristol library

Bristol University
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The University of Bristol has launched a contest to design a £75 million central library

The project, part of a large-scale overhaul of Bristol’s Clifton Campus, will deliver a landmark 11,000m² home for the university’s library, which is currently spread across nine separate locations.

It will be accompanied by a remodelling of public realm around the nearby busy Tyndall Avenue thoroughfare, and the construction of a student resource hub.

According to the brief: ‘The aim of the procurement process is to establish a professional team for the new university library which will be the centrepiece of the Tyndall Place development and will form a principal part of the university strategy, creating a palpable heart for the Clifton Campus, focussing on the provision of a range of student activities and creating a real sense of destination and welcome for the entire university community.’

‘The university invites responses from suitably experienced suppliers, and will utilise qualitative selection and “most economically advantageous tender” principles to down select to five shortlisted tenderers for further competition.’

Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol hosts around 6,000 staff and 22,000 students and is the largest independent employer in the West of England city. The university is centred on a large campus in Clifton which features landmark buildings designed by Charles Hansom, George Oatley, Ralph Brentnall and Charles Dyer.

The university is developing a £300 million Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus focusing on digital technologies such as biotechnology, energy, engineering, computer sciences, cybersecurity and analytics. Last week, The Times reported that hedge-fund manager Hugh Sloane had donated £10 million towards the 70ha project.

Proposals for the library, part of wider development dubbed Tyndall Place, must allow future expansion and create an ’easily identifiable and palpable heart’ of the Clifton Campus.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate ‘substantial’ experience in designing libraries or learning centres. Participating architect-led multidisciplinary teams must feature a building services engineer and civil and structural engineer. 

Five shortlisted, architect-led design teams will be invited to attend interviews and develop high-level conceptual schemes and cost estimates. The overall winner will receive the £2.25 million commission while unsuccessful teams will receive compensation for their bids. The scheme is expected to complete in 2021.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

University of Bristol
1-9 Old Park Hill
Bristol
BS2 8BB

Tel: +44 01179289000
Email: Adam.Wdowik@bristol.ac.uk

 

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