This 15,000sqm of bespoke offices lie on an urban site between Bristol’s floating harbour and Temple Meads railway station. The contemporary design combined with the use of traditional materials creates a modern aesthetic within this historic central location. The large office floor plates, providing 3,250sqm per floor, wrap around two atria, providing natural daylight into the heart of the scheme. The building is located on Portwall Lane, which follows the line of the old city wall.
The 166,000sqft net area is organised over five storeys around two atria and is located over an existing 19th Century glassworks that had to be retained due to its historical importance. This was established following extensive desk top research developed alongside Bristol City Council Archaeologist and posed a challenge for the client and design team.
The Glass Works is fully retained and sits below the ground floor slab. The contemporary design combined with the use of traditional materials creates a modern aesthetic within this historic central location. Careful consideration was given to the building’s flexibility to ensure that tenants of varying sizes could be accommodated. The building now houses a range of tenants on each floor, and has been a huge success for the developers on offering flexibility to tenants.
“The staff from two locations in the city moved into the purpose-built offices in May 2008 which are innovatively designed to support a more client-focused approach to service delivery and further growth. The large floor plates and open plan design at Portwall Place has allowed us to create an interactive space where our employees can work in dynamic, cross-disciplinary teams.”
“One of the successes of designing and delivering the project was to ensure from the outset the aspirations of Bristol City Planners were fully understood. This very important and unique historic Glass Works site required a sensitive and collaborative approach throughout. Detailed excavations and survey work was carried out in order to ensure that this very important historical find was retained. During the initial contract stages the structural solution was developed to ensure that the ground works caused minimum impact to the historical foundations. The final scheme met Bristol City’s requirements of full retention of the existing Glass Work structures below ground.”
AWW has provided architectural services for both planning and implementation of projects over a period of 10 years. I can confirm that during this period they have been an extremely professional and competent company, who we have built up a relationship with for future work.