The spring and early summer of 2014 sees several projects under construction in the Bristol area including student accommodation, commercial nursery, new houses and residential conversions. A number of mixed use projects, combining residential and commercial elements, are in the design or planning stage.
The recovery of the construction industry is continuing and has resulted in an increase in workload over the last few months, so the spring also brought a new member of the team at 105 West Architects.
After gaining planning permission at a successful planning appeal in 2012, work started on site at the end of 2013 on construction of a development of 12 student flats and a commercial office space. The development, which is close to the Bristol University campus, is due to be completed in time for the start of the 2014/15 academic year. The project was put out to tender to a number of local construction companies. Construction is concrete block with concrete separating floors, providing a structure with longevity, good acoustic separation between bedrooms and good thermal mass for internal temperature stability.
The completed building will provide student accommodation for over 50 students and commercial office space, which is due to be occupied by the owner of the building.
Housing, nursery and commercial space
A planning application for a terrace of nine modern family houses with a nursery and a commercial space has been submitted. The site is in south Bristol, fronting an open, pleasant public space. The five bedroom houses with integral garage spaces will provide much needed family housing in the area.
Work is almost complete on the conversion of a former healthcare building to provide a commercial childrens nursery near the Downs in Bristol. Despite there being no change of use in planning terms, the building required substantial adaptation and refurbishment. This is the latest in a number of projects for the same client.
Conversion of former school house
Works on site are complete on the conversion of a Victorian former school house to form two flats. The resulting flats are very close to Bristol airport and ideally suited for airport workers, allowing them to walk to work. The building required substantial refurbishment and alteration to provide modern, energy efficient and comfortable accommodation.
New house in a conservation area
Construction of a new house in a very prominent site near Bristol Zoo is advancing rapidly. The three bedroom property is a contemporary house, but very much in keeping with the aesthetic of the historic conservation area. Images of the construction will be added in late June.
As well as the above, a number of projects are also currently under construction for which 105 West provided services through the planning and building regulations stages. The clients for these projects comprise property developers, self build and a construction company. The latter stages of these projects are being dealt with by the clients themselves, although 105 West are always available to give advice when required.