University of Bristol - Humanities Hub

The University of Bristol’s School of Humanities is located in the Arts Complex, a series of handsome Victorian villas along Woodland Road in Clifton, which have been joined by a new state-of-the-art Humanities Building. The new facility is home to five departments: Classics and Ancient History, English, History, History of Art & Religion and Theology.

The new teaching hub comprises three linked pavilions. These provide a range of teaching spaces, including large, flexible teaching rooms, a cinema room, a 240-person lecture theatre and academic offices. The pavilions and the villas are joined via single-storey links, which provide circulation and exhibition space, and a flexible social learning zone at the heart of the scheme.

A new glazed entrance has been created to give the School of Humanities greater presence and identity. This is set back from the primary façade to give the listed villas visual dominance.

This project is a direct response to rising demand for places at the University’s highly regarded School of Humanities, which has significantly expanded in the last five years.

Designed by ADP Architects, the two-storey steel frame structure provides new teaching and lecture facilities, with flexible and inspiring spaces for both students and staff on the city campus. The building also houses a new gallery space, virtual museum and dynamic exhibition areas.

Following award our Capital Projects team worked with the University to ensure the project was managed efficiently and was successfully completed within the given timescales.

The product specification features ranges from Orangebox, Frovi, Naughtone, Senator, Boss Design, Bisley and James Burleigh. Products were chosen based on their flexibility and suitability for a modern, contemporary higher education environment.