Innovative designs for 21st century business education
3 April 09
Work on the new £12 million MBA facility and resource centre for Bradford University School of Management is due for completion in January 2010. The new site includes a circular high tech MBA debating chamber based on the Harvard Business School model and a flexible learning resource centre that includes advanced library and database provision.
Bradford University School of Management, one of the UK's top business schools expects the new £12 million development to keep it at the forefront of international business education for years to come.
The University has put sustainability at the forefront of the design for state of the art teaching, learning and networking facilities at the Emm Lane site.
"The target is to create a building with the lowest possible carbon footprint and to become one of the most energy efficient education buildings in the country." says project manager, Roger Tilbrook of PSK Prout Tilbrook.
Sustainability credentials include the provision of solar water heating and biomass boiler. In addition the insulation exceeds the building regulations' requirements and the structure is designed to maintain a stable internal temperature throughout the year. Electric car charging and cycle storage offers students and staff green methods of travel between campuses
Yorkshire architects Farrell and Clark's innovative design includes a striking atrium space linking the new build with the original Victorian architecture which will provide a focal point for the campus and space for teaching, learning and networking.
Project architect Paul Jagger of Farrell and Clark said: "The challenge was to create a high quality building which was contemporary, achieved the highest sustainability standards, whilst successfully linking to a fine listed building within a conservation area, surrounded by mature protected trees on a steeply sloping site."
David Jones, managing director of contractors Quarmby Construction said "We are delighted to be delivering the new building which will be constructed to meet the highest standards of environmental and sustainable performance."
Bradford University School of Management has an international reputation for educating high flying executives and its success has seen it double in size in the past 10 years, making it necessary to continuously improve the campus and facilities.
Dean of the School of Management, Professor Arthur Francis said: "Having a first class business school in Bradford is important for the city and for us. This innovative new building will ensure we continue to be one of Europe's leading business schools in the future."
Bradford University School of Management is one of Europe's leading business schools. Its post graduate programmes are ranked by the FT in the UK's top 10, top 20 in Europe and top 55 globally. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks its distance learning MBA in the top 10 worldwide.
3 April 09
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