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National Composites Centre Phase 2

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Bristol University of Bristol £20m 2014 1

Project details

A major 9,000sqm extension to the University of Bristol’s National Composites Centre which brings together academics and enterprising companies to develop new technologies for the design and manufacture of composite products. A new workshop is the primary functional space and longspan structures enable the manoeuvre of items as large as composite aeroplane wings. A new hotpress was installed along with large overhead cranes on rails that can lift up to 30 tonnes. In the heart of teaching space of the building are two lecture theatres which can be opened up to create a large volume.

A cathedral to engineering and technology

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Brief

  • a large flexible space to address the challenges of future research for years to come
  • a world-class research, development and teaching building to attract investment and promote development of initiatives within composite engineering

Results

  • RICS Award (South West) 2015 Design Through Innovation
  • a state-of-the-art facility which is already delivering results and attracting interest from both SMEs and world-leading corporations
  • flexibility to construct large components and install new equipment to meet needs

Integrated services

civil & structural engineering