Learning & Research Building


Research programmes are constantly changing, so here the issues of flexibility and future extendibility were central to the client brief. Our design provides a footprint and section which facilitates future expansion, whilst adaptable partitioning, standardised room sizes and a common service strategy enable new functions to be easily accommodated.

Academic facilities include a state-of-the-art conference suite,130 seat lecture theatre and a 24 hour learning resource centre. The pathology building provides for cellular and neuro-pathology activities. In addition to the labs, it contains a cytology training suite, electron microscope and containment labs. Both buildings have been designed to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve an Excellent BREEAM Health rating.


WAN Colour in Architecture – Shortlisted
Bristol Civic Society: Environmental Award


Bristol, Complete, Education, Estate Planning, Further & Higher Education, Health & Life Sciences, Learning & Research, Learning & Research Building, Life Sciences, New Build, Southmead Hospital Campus, UK, University of Bristol, Work,

Library, lecture theatre, labs and offices at Southmead Hospital

‘Very creative and resourceful architects with the rare ability to
be both innovative and practical’
David Powell, Project Director, North Bristol NHS Trust

Location Bristol, UK

Area 5,000m²

Status Complete

Photographer Nick Kane, Tom de Gay

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