Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Tale of Two Engineering Buildings

I received this fascinating e-mail today:
We are a group of fourth year Civil Engineers currently undertaking a final year design project. Our brief is to design a link and additional structure between Queen's Building and Merchant Venturers Building. The aim of this 'link structure' is to provide much needed space for the Engineering Faculty whilst aiming to develop an enhanced sense of community between the comprising Schools.
We would like to hear your views on what kind of spaces should fill this new link structure. We would be very grateful if you could spend 2 or 3 minutes of your time to complete the survey at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JBSHM6T

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Chris, Ed, Gemma and Matthew
It got me thinking.  Engineering at the University of Bristol is split between the Merchant Venturers Schools of Engineering (MVSE), predominantly computer scientists and electronic engineers, and the Queens Building School of Engineering (QBSE), containing everyone else.  Woodland Road runs between the two, splitting us cruelly in twain from our engineering brothers and sisters from other disciplines.  A cross section of the problem looks something like below, with the MVSE on the left and the QBSE on the right.

It seems to me that there are a number of viable engineering solutions to this engineering problem.

What would your solution be?


  1. You're looking at it the wrong way - and I'm surprised at you, given your views on such things. Make the road go through a tunnel, and join QB and MVB into a single sprawling mass encasing Woodland Road. None of your proposed solutions bring extra space for accommodating ranks of toiling engineers.

  2. I'm with nfo. But let's remove the road altogether, replace it with Engineer Plaza, get a food court in with bratwurst and pretzels.

  3. Just looking at your pic again, Krypto, I see that the spring is on a gantry over the road so that cars can still pass. I take back some of the criticism I made last night! The system still requires an external source of energy, though, like rockets.