The Faculty of Management and Law – University of Bradford

Bowman Riley was commissioned to support the extensive remodelling of The Pemberton, Bright and Ashfield Buildings to become a brand new cutting edge facility on the University of Bradford’s city campus.

The Pemberton and Ashfield buildings had not been refurbished since the 1980s and the Bright building was completed in 2009 and is now the University’s focal point for the new Management and Law School following its relocation from an offsite campus.

We provided the roles of project manager, contract administrator, architect, and principal designer on a new Faculty of Management and Law for the University of Bradford. We played a pivotal role in the delivery of the building from condition surveys and feasibility reports to the full design of the project. We oversaw the project’s delivery to ensure that the client’s vision was maintained and the works were completed to the highest standard.

The two 1980s buildings were dark and heavily partitioned and the refurbishment works increased ceiling heights, opened areas up with new LED lighting to create a brighter, healthier and more sustainable environment. The result is an interior that offers a contemporary and dynamic area for students enabling various space configurations to support modern learning methods with acoustic ceiling discs to absorb sound. The design was inspired by the tech sector with exposed services and building fabric creating an industrial feel that is offset by a colourful furniture package.

The faculty offers research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space. The key design challenge involved creating space for the various practical scenario areas including a Moot Court, an Innovation Hub, the Barclay’s Eagle Lab and the Bloomberg Trading Room.