We have changed the way we work and are more flexible in how we use our space, much tidier than we used to be and the building seems to have gained the respect of our people as somewhere to enjoy working.
— Jeff Sell, Senior Project Manager, Bristol Water

Bristol Water, Office Refurbishment

In March 2012 gcp Chartered Architects were invited to prepare a feasibility for the refurbishment and extension of Bristol Water’s headquarters building at Bedminster Down.

Bristol Water had decided to rationalise its building stock by disposing of their Bedminster Down Depot site and relocating approximately 180 network maintenance staff to head office.

The iconic 1963 structure was initially over-clad and re-roofed before a two storey wing was added, supported on tapering columns over the rear carpark. This enabled a progressive decanting process so that the entire building could be reserviced and re-furbished without recourse to temporary accommodation.

The new facility benefits from a new atrium café, a new computer suite and reception area as well as open plan office accommodation with a wider variety of workplace settings.

RICS SW Regional Awards 2016: Highly Commended

Being in a bright, airy environment has made the work day even more comfortable. It feels like a healthier, cleaner place and is unrecognisable from the old office.
— Staff Member, Activity Support Questionnaire, Bristol Water
This has been a very complicated project from a logistical and technical design point of view and Bristol Water’s technical team has worked closely with the project delivery team to deliver a fantastic building with the minimum of disruption
— Jeremy Pilling, Director, gcp