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The site of the Fry Building in Bristol

Bristol's £33m maths building gets underway

A new home for the University of Bristol's School of Mathematics is due to open in October 2017

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 01, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

Work to transform a listed building near the centre of Bristol into an ‘outstanding’ new home for the University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics is underway.

The Fry Building will be located near University Road in Clifton and will undergo a major £33 million renovation and remodelling.

While the intrinsic character of the Grade II listed building will be preserved, new additions will include an atrium which will link to a new 140 seat lecture theatre with a roof garden above it. 

The development is a key part of the University’s £525 million capital investment programme over 10 years. 

The Fry Building, named after the chocolate-making Fry family whose generous donations helped establish the University in 1909, is due to open in October 2017 and will significantly improve the student experience for those studying mathematics as the school is currently located across several sites.

Professor Noah Linden, Head of the School of Mathematics, said: “The Fry Building will provide an outstanding home for mathematics in the heart of the University’s precinct, and we are very excited about moving into it.  

“We will have facilities for research and teaching befitting a world-leading mathematics department, in a unique Grade II listed building, remodelled and refurbished to retain its historic character.”  

An exterior and interior artist's impression of the new Fry building

As well as a suite of lecture theatres, offices and tutorial rooms, there will be a wide variety of new spaces for interaction, carefully designed to foster exciting and creative mathematics.

The building was formerly home to the University’s School of Biological Sciences, which has moved to the new £56.5 million Life Sciences building on the corner of St Michael’s Hill and Tyndall Avenue.

The contractor selected to partner with the University on this work is Balfour Beatty which, as well as being one of the UK’s leading contractors, has a significant amount of experience in the university sector. 

Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates, said: “After an extended period of enabling works, dealing with a range of activities from demolition and site clearance within the heritage building, we are very pleased to have reached the point where contracts for the main construction works have been agreed. 

“Balfour Beatty has been selected for its specialist knowledge and for the strength of the team put forward to manage the project for the University.  We very much look forward to working with them in what we hope will be a productive partnership.” 

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