University starts £33M building project

A listed building in Bristol is being transformed to make a new home for the University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics.

The ‘Fry Building’ will be renovation and remodelled to feature an atrium and 140 seat lecture theatre with a roof garden above. Greatly improving the quality of learning space for Mathematics students it will also have study spaces, an undergraduate common area, various sized seminar rooms, a computer lab and a geographical science teaching lab.

It will achieve a  BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ and will provide 200sq m of solar PV panels, which will be located on the new build element of the building. The original Grade II listed building will be preserved.

The building has been renamed to make reference to the chocolate-making Fry family who helped establish the university in 1909 and is expected to open in October 2017.

Construction giants Balfour Beatty are completing the works, and John Keaveney, Balfour Beatty Regional Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted that Balfour Beatty has been selected because of its expertise within this sector. We are excited to be working on this flagship project on the campus, and want this to be the start of what hopefully will be a long term relationship with the University going forward.”

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