UWE Bristol’s new multi-million pound engineering building has moved a step closer to completion – construction has reached the top floor!
A topping out ceremony was held on Tuesday 17th September to mark the occasion, with staff and students joining partners from contractors BAM and architects AHR to sign their names on a timber beam at the very top of the building. Head of the Department of Engineering Design and MathematicsDr Lisa Brodie can be seen adding her signature above.
Due for completion in summer 2020, the facility will contribute to the University’s vision of being one of the top engineering schools in the country through promoting multi-disciplinary, collaborative learning and supports the predicted increase in demand for skilled engineering graduates across the region.
Work is due to be completed in summer 2020, with the facility contributing to the University’s vision of being one of the top engineering schools in the country through promoting multi-disciplinary, collaborative learning and supports the predicted increase in demand for skilled engineering graduates across the region. Find out more here.
The winners of the 2019 Leaders Award gathered at UWE Bristol for the South
West awards ceremony on Friday 14th June.
competition challenged children to answer the question: ‘If you were an
engineer, what would you do?’ by identifying a problem that engineering could
solve, and devising a solution.
From magnet wielding helicopters that tow broken down cars skyward, to
surveillance parrots that alert wildlife trusts to hunters – the children’s
designs tackled a great diversity of problems in modern society.
for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Chris Skidmore joined UWE
Bristol Vice-Chancellor Steve West and MOD DE&S Air Marshall Julian Young to
congratulate those who entered the competition. While the competition launches
by using online interviews with real-life engineers to inspire the
children, they all agreed that in the end it’s the children’s designs that inspire
this year, engineers in EDM have been supporting the competition, by grading 4385 entries, and taking part in the
final judging panel. UWE Bristol is the
South West regional supporter alongside Defence Equipment and Support
(DE&S) – the Ministry of Defence’s procurement organisation.
The ceremony finished with a flourish, with student engineers Katy O’Hara
Nash and Miriam Cristofoletti from the EDM WISE
society, presenting the prototype they have made based on the
winning design from last year’s competition. The system, designed by Year 8 pupil
Philippa Griffiths, displays variable red lights on the back of a vehicle to
alert other drivers of the severity of the braking and levels of attention
Dr Lisa Brodie, Head of Department for Engineering Design and Mathematics said:
“We are always inspired by the children’s designs for the Leaders Awards. This year our female engineering students have gone one step further by actually taking a design, and building a prototype. It shows the passion and ingenuity in our region, both from local children, but also our own students. Through these public events we want to demonstrate our commitment to developing STEM technologies and a highly-skilled workforce which can enhance our future together.”
The prototype, along with this year’s shortlisted entries, were on display on Saturday 15th June at the University’s Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC). Hundreds of visitors of all ages were able to try it out, as well as taking part in exciting STEM activities provided by the MOD, Aerospace Bristol, and UWE. The displays included having a go with drones, Lego Mindstorm, and a virtual reality tour of the new Engineering Building.
…well, it did seem just a little too coincidental:
On a more serious note, construction at the site of the new Engineering building is progressing and UWE staff can keep track of (actual) updates on the intranet, while members of the public can keep an eye on Twitter.
UWE Bristol are excited to announce a discovery of potentially great historical importance made during work on construction of the new Engineering Building.
Ground worker Chris Bobber found a tin box while digging foundations for the building. Inside, were what appeared to be historic sketches of a bridge. The drawings were taken to Professor Steve Poole, Professor of History and Heritage at UWE, for further inspection.
It is thought that these could be Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s lost conceptual drawings for Clifton Suspension Bridge and will now be taken to the Brunel Institute at the SS Great Britain for closer examination. UWE staff can keep up-to-date on the intranet, with more announcements to be made publicly through the university’s Twitter feed.
A crane will be arriving at the site of the new UWE Bristol Engineering building construction on Wednesday 11th March. The crane is being brought in to start steel frame erection and will remain on site until this is complete.
Up to five trailers per day will be delivered to feed materials to the crane, and there may be elevated noise levels due to the steel frame installation.
Staff can find out more about building activities on the site over the next two weeks on the UWE intranet.
The state-of-the-art facility will be home to more than 1600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 100 academic and technical staff from a wide variety of engineering disciplines. The building will also host specialist workshops, study areas and laboratories.
Work is due to be completed in summer 2020, with the facility contributing to the University’s vision of being one of the top engineering schools in the country through promoting multi-disciplinary, collaborative learning and supports the predicted increase in demand for skilled engineering graduates across the region.
This exciting news is the start of work on the new Engineering Building at UWE Bristol. Due to open in the summer of 2020, more than 1600 undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with 100 academic and technical staff will be based in the building.
Work is underway on the new Engineering building at UWE Bristol, as planning permission is granted by South Gloucestershire Council.
Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “We want to make UWE Bristol one of the top schools of engineering in the country.
“The building will help attract a diverse, creative and innovative student body to the engineering profession, address the future skills gap in the region and respond to the emerging demand for engineering Degree Apprenticeships.”
More than 1,600 undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with 100 academic and technical staff, will be based in the building with construction scheduled to be complete in June 2020.