Wills Memorial Library
In Brief

University of Bristol


Construction value:

October 2013

The Grade II* listed Wills Memorial Building is one of the University of Bristol’s most prominent buildings and home to the Law and Earth Science Libraries. FCBStudios were initially engaged to produce concepts and visualisations to assist the Law Campaign Board in its efforts to raise £2.5 million to fund the project; and were invited back in 2010 to prepare Listed Building consent applications.

The key components of the project were to conserve and enhance the Grade 2* listed historic fabric, to re-order the entrance spaces, to facilitate new learning models and to re-service the library for the 21st Century.

Whilst retaining the existing special character, heritage and atmosphere, we have created a welcoming library which supports the full range of modern learning styles and provides integrated modern technology.

The Wills Memorial Library is used by students from many departments who regard the library as a good working environment. It is also popular with staff and visitors to the University. The library comprises two wings, one of which is an original feature of the Wills building and the other of which was added in the 1940s. The space they occupy is architecturally impressive with grand dimensions, ornate features and original furniture.

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"Staff have noticed an increase in the number of library users overall, since the work was completed. Impressed that the project was delivered on time, with very little disruption and minimal library closures."
Post Occupancy Evaluation Report
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