Richmond Building

In Brief

University of Bristol


Construction value:

April 2016

FCBStudios were appointed by the University of Bristol to refurbish and extend the Richmond building, a 1965 purpose-built building providing a home for the student union in the Clifton conservation area. The 16,000sqm building contains a wide range of facilities over seven floors, including office and teaching space, a 1,000 person performance space, a swimming pool, theatre and bars. 

The combination of re-using the existing building and radically improving how it operates has resulted in the achievement of a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The new glazing design combined with new layouts also allows a shift from mechanical to natural ventilation for many of the spaces, helping further for the project to meet the University’s exacting sustainability targets.