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Bristol University Reveals Plans for New £80m Library

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A new £80 million library is to be built at the centre of the University of Bristol's Clifton campus.

The building will be designed by a team of architects responsible for some of Europe's top education and library projects.

The library sits in with the University's wider plans to remodel its precinct around Tyndall Avenue and will replace the Hawthorns.

The proposal is for a landmark building that fits in with the local environment, capitalises on the location and views, and extends the landscaping from Royal Fort Garden throughout the whole precinct.

Vice-chancellor, professor Hugh Brady, said: "The new state-of-the-art library will be an integral part of the academic experience of so many of our students and staff - especially, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences.

"We are excited to be working with architects who understand the importance of creating libraries which delight and inspire innovation and discovery. Although the design plans are in their infancy, it is our ambition to work in partnership with the design team to deliver a welcoming building with incredible natural light and views, a rich resource of texts and special collections, excellent digital infrastructure and technology, and a stimulating and nurturing learning environment."

A full public consultation is expected in Spring 2018 prior to a planning application being submitted to Bristol City Council.