Departments of Biological Scienced and Mathematics

Departments of Biological Sciences and Mathematics, Bristol


The University of Bristol


Following on from the adoption of SPD 11 in June 2006, CSJ Planning has secured planning permission, Conservation Area consent for the demolition of unlisted buildings and two listed building consents from Bristol City Council for the development of £80 million-worth of academic and research facilities and laboratories for the University of Bristol's Departments of Biological Sciences and Mathematics. This is the first phase of the implementation of SPD 11.

The proposed development comprising 21,163 sq.m GIA of new floorspace will be built on part of the old Children's Hospital site on the corner of St. Michael's Hill and Tyndall Avenue. It will provide two state of the art, 21st century academic and research Departments designed by Sheppard Robson Architects and will sit within a quality external realm, as designed by Nicholas Pearson Associates, which will include the creation of a new route into Royal Fort Gardens from St Michael's Hill and the continuation of University Walk.

The proposal is situated within an extremely sensitive site.  It is within two Conservation Areas, there are two listed buildings and structures on site and there are several listed buildings situated immediately adjacent to the site, one of which is a Bristol Landmark; the Physics Tower.  In addition to this the Biological Science building fronts St. Michael's Hill, an historic and architecturally important street within Bristol.  The site is also archaeologically sensitive and is situated on the location of a Civil War fort. Following the demolition of two unlisted buildings and a boundary wall on the former Children's Hospital site, consent for which was secured by CSJ over the summer of 2008, the University has appointed local archaeologists BaRAS to carry out a full archaeological investigation to establish the extent and location of the remains of the original Royal Fort building.  These are ongoing.

Over the past year an extensive stakeholder consultation process has been undertaken.  The University and its project team have involved the local community and key stakeholders in a series of consultation workshops and public exhibitions to help shape the emerging proposals. In December this pre-application consultation concluded with an exhibition of the final scheme just prior to submission.

Local Authority

Bristol City Council