Multi-million university campus refurbishment gets go ahead

Building: Glenside Hub
Location: UWE, Bristol
Architect: AHR

AHR has won two contracts with the University of the West of England to deliver key refurbishment projects at Glenside Campus for the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

The Glenside Hub fit-out has seen AHR remodel the area into a café, dining and social learning destination, which was completed in time for the new academic year.

AHR is also behind the £4.9 million transformation of the former laundry site, a large industrial space which is currently unused by the University.

This project will involve re-modelling, renovation and fit-out works to create a modern facility that retains heritage features.

AHR is using scan to BIM and point cloud technology for both projects, drawing on its expertise in data and geomatics to present the client with fully accurate 3D digital representations.

Building 3D models can assist universities and other HE providers to build a comprehensive digital plan of their estate, enabling them to make the most of their assets and support decision-making within estate management.

Gary Overton, AHR Director, said: “The Glenside Campus is a first-class centre of excellence for clinical skills and we are proud that our work is playing a part in helping to develop young medical professionals.

“AHR has a strong relationship with the University of the West of England, having previously delivered a number of design and fit-out projects.

“This includes previous projects on the Glenside campus such as the creation of the Child simulation suite a modern Skills and Simulation Centre, which mimics a real hospital ward and is a fantastic facility for the students.

AHR will be engaging with students from the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment throughout the laundry redevelopment, providing information on the research and design behind the scheme, which is expected to complete in September 2018.

When complete, the project will transform the way the University delivers clinical skills training and optometry.