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News | 12 June 2019

Bennetts Cranes provides heavy lifting for new University of Bristol building

Work is underway on a £9.3 million project to create a new Humanities Hub for the University of Bristol.

Bennetts Cranes was hired by developer ISG, the chosen construction company for the project, to provide heavy lifting for the build.

Our Jost JTL 158.6 luffing jib tower crane has been on site since October last year and is in the final weeks of its commission. It is erected freestanding at 24m with a 45m jib, lifting a maximum of 6T (at 23.7m).

The University of Bristol’s key aims of the project are to create a new world class facility for research and teaching to help attract the best students and staff; to help integrate Humanities with the Arts Complex and to connect the school with the Modern Languages Department, the Arts & Social Sciences Library and Beacon House.

The work has involved demolishing some of the buildings on the site, to make way for a new two-storey building that will accommodate teaching facilities, study spaces, a lecture theatre, seminar rooms and staff offices. The project will also provide a new welcoming and accessible faculty entrance off Woodland Road linking to the new social learning zone.

The building that is being created is sympathetic to its period surroundings. In line with the university’s sustainability commitments, the new hub is targeting a BREEAM excellent performance rating, with green roof, photovoltaics and natural ventilation elements.

Designed by ADP, the steel frame structure will house a new gallery space, virtual museum and dynamic exhibition areas.

Edward Seager, Managing Director of Bennetts Cranes, said: “This is a good example of a construction project that is both sustainable, modern and also sympathetic to its traditional surroundings and nearby buildings. We’re very pleased to be involved in this public sector project, that will benefit university students, and also delighted to again be working with ISG.”

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