The University of Bristol has submitted plans for a new library at its Clifton campus in Bristol, UK.

To be located on the corner of Elton Road and Woodland Road, Bristol, the new library will replace The Hawthorns, a former hotel which is presently providing student accommodation, catering facilities and various offices.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen, HawkinsBrown and BuroHappold have formed a collaborative team and designed the new building.

UK-based construction firm Mace has been selected as the manager of the project, which will include will learning and research spaces.

The new building is expected to boost the capacity with about 2,000 new study seats and will accommodate around 420,000 books, 70,000 journals and new study spaces.

It will also include exhibition galleries which are open to the public, events space, a programme of activities, new public art and a café, all of will be open to the entire community.

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The University is also planning to improve the public realm around the new library building that includes a new civic square along with new road layouts to improve traffic flow and public transport.

The plans also include the improvement for pedestrian and cycling routes to make the area accessible for everyone.

University of Bristol deputy vice-chancellor and provost Judith Squires said: “The ground floor will be open to all and will be home to a new Cultural Collections Centre as well as a cafe, gallery and event spaces to host talks and exhibitions.

“We are also planning to enhance the public realm around the new University Library, turning a congested road junction into a calm and welcoming civic space, making the roads safer and creating new accessible public space for everyone to enjoy.”

A decision on the planning application is estimated to be taken by the Bristol City Council in late spring this year.


View of the new library from Woodland Road. (Credit: HawkinsBrown & Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects)