The Bristol Business School building – that houses both Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School – is situated on the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol Frenchay campus, and has been occupied since April 2017. It is a flagship space that aims to attract international, EU and home students, facilitate links with businesses and foster a collaborative space for staff to work together. The strategic aim of the building was that it should be ‘generative’ (Clegg and Kornberger 2004) and was designed to link with the faculty strategic vision and mission: a building to support a community that is professionally engaged, vocationally relevant, internationally connected and academically strong. Translated into architecture, this means considerable open, shared space not formally designated for particular activities. Walls and partitions are largely glass, with space arranged around a full height atrium, and central staircase affording expansive views through the building and the activities going on within it. Staff, students and visitors can access, and work from, the majority of the building, which is technologically enabled to support location-independent working and learning.
Shortt, H., Warren, S., Gaggiotti, H., Cicmil, S., Collett, L., Mohamud, M., & Reed, M. (2020). A toolkit for living in a new building: A visual post occupancy evaluation of Bristol Business School. Bristol: University of the West of England