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