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Comps insider: £75m University of Bristol library job nears

Cambridge Road Estate
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Anyone with experience of major library projects should brace themselves now for a significant drawing board opportunity later this summer.

The University of Bristol has announced it will soon be opening the gates on a restricted procedure to recruit an architect-led team for a new £75 million central library.

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

Expected to complete in 2023, the scheme will be accompanied by a remodelling of public ream around the busy Tyndall Avenue thoroughfare nearby and the construction of a new Student Resource Hub.

Proposals for the new library must allow future expansion and applicants will be expected to demonstrate ‘substantial’ experience in designing libraries or learning centres. So any practice who fits the bill should consider investigating further now.

Meanwhile, housing architects in the capital will be interested to know the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has commenced soft market testing for an £800 million regeneration of its Cambridge Road Estate.

The council is seeking to enter into a joint venture with a development partner to plan, design, fund and deliver 2,000 new mixed-tenure homes on the huge 8.6 hectare site (pictured) in Norbiton, south west London.

The 10-year project will significantly increase density on the estate which was completed in the late 1960s and currently features around 830 homes. The chosen development partner will be expected to bring their own masterplanning and design talents to the joint venture, so reach out to any developer contacts who may be interested in bidding now.


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