The Environmental Awards recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment. The Bristol Civic Society has selected just four awards for 2014, the lowest number since the scheme started 15 years ago.
It reflects the low level of building activity. But there has been no compromise on quality; these are four very worthy winners.
Junction 3, next to M32, Easton, Bristol
This project provides 59 homes, all affordable or in shared ownership, seven units for business start-ups, a learning centre and a new library to replace the old Trinity Road site. A partnership between Bristol City Council, Knightstone Housing Association and the Big Lottery Community Libraries Fund, the £10million project regenerates a problem derelict site. The unusual and striking design, with its light and airy interiors, uses some innovatory building techniques and scores highly on sustainability.
Student Castle. Pro Cathedral, Clifton
The Bristol Pro Cathedral project – which was implemented by Student Castle Ltd – comprises the construction of a brand new building and the part-refurbishment of the existing Grade II* Listed cathedral. The new development includes 220 student units – split across the Cathedral and the new Annexe – all boasting a range of modern fixtures and fittings, and accommodation to the highest standards.
The unique transformation of the Cathedral into a landmark development presented designers with a number of challenges: rock anchoring on an unstable hillside, the installation of three new floors into the historic fabric and the creation of new build elements. These are distinctly modern, yet harmonize with the period environment, using a mixture of modern materials and extensive use of green oak.
Architects: Morgan Hayman, Cardiff. Structural Engineers: Mann Williams
Imperial Tobacco H.Q. Winterstoke Road
A striking modern office building and one of the few to be completed in the year. Among the features is a mosaic showing 160+ countries where the company is active, and a grey water recycling system.
Architects: Atkins Walter and Webster
ZION Bedminster Down
A chapel built in 1891 and now converted into a very successful social centre owned and run by Jessica Wright as a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise providing an attractive range of activities. The cafe is open weekdays 9.30 – 4pm, and the space is available for arts and events. URL: www.zionbristol.co.uk