CLIENT: Bevan Brittan
STATUS: Completed 2007
The project involved a major refurbishment and extension to a 6 storey reinforced concrete office block in the centre of Bristol. The existing building, constructed in the early 1980’s, was rather dated in appearance and has a restricted floor to floor height and no air conditioning. The building was ‘U’ shaped on plan, and the refurbishment works include constructing a 5 storey extension across the open leg of the ‘U’ to form additional office space. The resulting open area in the centre was roofed over to form a spectacular atrium which incorporates 3 fully glazed lifts.
The new steel framed extension employs a hybrid ‘parallel beam’ and ‘slimfloor’ construction to achieve an overall structure depth of 250mm with spans up to 7m.
Alterations to the existing structure include cutting large holes in the floor slab for service ducts, demolition of an existing lift shaft and enhancements to existing concrete shear walls.
The resulting office space will be light and airy, fully air conditioned and incorporate high quality finishes.
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Phil is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years experience in the design and construction of a wide range of Civil & Structural engineering Projects. He is currently the Partner responsible for Fairhurst’s Bristol office.
He maintains a close involvement in the projects undertaken in Bristol, particularly at the concept design stage, to ensure that the Clients expectation for economic, buildable and functional designs are met and that they are delivered in a timely manner.