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Hawkins Brown and Schmidt Hammer Lassen are awaiting planning approval for an £80m library designed for Bristol University.

Bristol council is expected to make its decision in late spring. 

The new facility will house the university’s “special collections” including a collection of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s sketchbooks and plans of his iconic Clifton suspension bridge in the west of the city.

The university requested a design with a high level of sustainbiliy, with Mike Entwisle, partner and global education sector lead for engineering consultants BuroHappold claiming the building will become “an exemplar of sustainable and healthy building performance”.

The site on the corner of Elton Road and Woodland Road on the university’s Clifton campus is currently occupied by The Hawthorns, a former hotel currently housing student accommodation and office space.

Some 420,000 books, 70,000 journals and 2,000 study seats will be housed in the new learning and research space along with public exhibition galleries, event spaces and a café.

Library and education specialists Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s previous jobs include Melbourne, Australia’s State Library Victoria, completed in 2019, while Hawkins Brown designed the Bartlett’s refurb at 22 Gordon Street and worked with Arup and Atkins to design Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road station.