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

In 2010, a plan to extend and refurbish the Bristol Water’s Head Office building at Bedminster Down was revived and the first phase of external enabling works and over-clad commenced in early 2012.

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. A progressive decant of occupants into a new build extension allowed a full re-service and refurbishment whilst the building remained in occupation. On completion, two hundred network staff joined their colleagues under the same roof for the first time to enjoy the stunning new facilities.

RICS SW Regional Awards 2016: Highly Commended

British Council for Offices 2016: Shortlisted

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

gcp’s relationship with Bristol Water goes back to 1999 when we embarked on the design of a new fishing lodge at Chew Valley Lake. Opened by the wonderful Bernard Cribbins, the project was a great success and led to more direct commissions including an angler’s shelter at Litton and store buildings at Barrow and Kingswood.

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
It has been a big change and everyone has had to adjust to the new ways of working but it feels like a great place to work.
— Stephen Robson, Director of Human Resources and Legal, Bristol Water