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New Bristol University Plans Sail Into View

Plans are afoot to add a spectacular new tower to the campus of Bristol University. The institution already has a Gothic Revival tower dating from the Victorian era, the Wills Memorial Tower but this new project is a major step away from the image of traditional learning that the university has been projecting on the skyline.

The 55 metre tall 13 floor tower is to be shaped like a sail, perhaps in reference to the maritime past of Bristol that at one point had made it the second largest city in pre-industrial England.

Although not as tall as the Wills Memorial Tower the height of the ground the project stands on will make it taller than both this and the current tallest building in Bristol, the 80 metre tall Castlemead Tower.

The tower is to be the centrepiece of a £250 million master plan that the university hopes will establish them once again at the forefront of academic research. It has been designed by Bath based architect firm Feilden Clegg Bradley to house a new learning resource centre as a replacement for the current obsolete library that will be demolished to make space on site for it.

Other buildings in the master-plan include a new school for biological sciences on the site of the old Bristol children’s hospital that will share the plot with a medical sciences facility costing £38 million.

The university is currently ranked 49th in the world and 6th in Britain. Funded by borrowing and the sale of existing land they own such as the current student union site that has been mooted for sale to private developers they hope to have the entire project finished for 2011.

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Bristol University Learning Resource Centre

Bristol University Learning Resource Centre
Wills Memorial Tower

Wills Memorial Tower
Castlemead

Castlemead
Bristol University Learning Resource Centre
Bristol University Learning Resource Centre