The University of Bristol’s new Life Sciences public realm has won a Merit Award of Excellence from the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS).
The 1.2Ha of gardens, designed by Nicholas Pearson Associates, provides a high quality civic space at the heart of the University precinct, offering a dynamic a mix of large raised lawns, sweeping tree-lined boulevards as well as more intimate and restful areas. The gardens feature nectar-rich as well as “evolutionary” plants provided in part by the University’s Botanical Gardens.
Since its completion in Spring 2015 the site has been well received by the University community, whilst also embracing public use. In particular new links are provided from the Royal Fort Gardens, Tyndall Avenue and St. Michael’s Hill, the latter via a new stairway ascending alongside a striking green wall with integrated bird and bat boxes.
The Merit Award is a new CHIS initiative and the Life Science project becomes the Society’s first ever public realm award winner.