The University of Bath, Leading UK Business School

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The University of Bath are a leading UK business school and rank highly internationally. But they don’t want to stop there. Building on over half a century of experience, they’re working on plans to help inspire and innovate for the next 50 years and beyond.

To help achieve their goals, the University is investing £70m into a new School of Management building.

They know their students set the bar high, so the University want their facilities to help them become the best they can be. That’s why they’ve got ambitious plans for the new building.

The latest technology will give a flexible 21st century learning and research environment to help inspire you to do great things.

The building design focuses on working together. It has an open layout to enable effective teamwork, supporting our key philosophies of ‘engagement, education and collaboration’.

The space will allow you to engage with other students, academics and employers. We want to create even stronger links between the University and business and our new building will act as a bridge between the two.

The building will include:

  • A Student Entrepreneurship Lab – for students from across the University to work together on business creation and innovation
  • An Employment Hub – for our business and industry partners to visit and help prepare you for the workplace
  • Eat, Work and Play areas – spaces for you to study and meet with other students, faculty and employers
  • A Behavioural Research Lab – so you can study real and digital environments
  • An HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab – open to local SMEs and the larger multinationals they work with
  • Eight lecture theatres and a 250 seat Conference Auditorium

Entrepreneurship thrives at the School of Management. Many of the graduates have seen great success with their entrepreneurial ventures. The new building will include a Student Entrepreneurship Lab that will bring the entrepreneurial support network together.

Turn your business idea into reality with:

  • Enterprise programmes from the Student Union
  • The incubation network at the Innovation Centre
  • Research expertise from the School of Management

The lab will aim to inspire students from across the University to collaborate on developing their business ideas. Mentoring and coaching from academics and experienced entrepreneurs will also be on hand. Back in July 2018, Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice-President Corporate Engagement and Dean of the School of Management; Professor Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation); and Martyn Whalley, Director of Estates joined Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, were on hand to to symbolically cut the first turf of the new School of Management building. The turf cutting marked the start of the work on site, preparing the way for the main build which received planning consent on Wednesday 25 July.

The new building, scheduled to open in September 2020, will be at the main entrance to campus, opposite the Sports Training Village and the Arrivals Square, and has been designed by pioneering British architects Hopkins.

In the first stage the ground was cleared and trees removed by Bath & North East Somerset Council. Many of these were planted in high density when the Sports Training Village was built and would have been removed as part of thinning in due course.

The trees will be replaced as part of a new Landscape and Ecology Management Plan. The University has worked with the B&NES ecologist and landscape architect to identify species that are better adapted to climate change and enhance the landscape.

Port Talbot-based Civil Engineering contractor Andrew Scott Limited was appointed following a competitive tendering process to undertake the enabling works contract which includes the excavation of the new basements, foundations and construction up to ground floor slab.