Redland House, Westbury Road, Bristol
Redland House BV
CSJ Planning has secured planning permission for an imaginative scheme involving the partial demolition of Redland House, a derelict, empty 1970s office building and its replacement with a high quality new building envelope which will extend and transform this gateway site at the top of Whiteladies Road overlooking the Downs.
The approved scheme will increase the available floorspace from 3,233 sq m to 6,895 sq m. 48 of the 56 current car spaces will be retained with the addition of 56 new cycle parking spaces and 6 motorcycle spaces. A financial contribution secured through a Section 106 Agreement will include support for highways works to improve public transport and help tackle problems of illegal parking in the vicinity
Local architects Stride Treglown designed a high quality scheme involving the demolition of the existing building back to its structural frame and its extension, recladding and refurbishment to create a new look building that responds well to its sensitive setting and location.
The design takes its cues from the architecture of nearby buildings and features a palette of traditional materials including Bath Stone, red brick and local random rubble stone walls, with public seating.
The new building will be highly sustainable with a new thermally efficient envelope complete with green roof as well as low energy heating and cooling systems, recycling facilities and solar water heating. The design has also been future-proofed to allow on-site energy generating facilities to be incorporated into the building in the future when this technology becomes readily available.
The design team worked closely with the Redland & Cotham Amenities Society and the local ward member from pre-application stage, through several rounds of public consultation through to determination of the final application in order to bring forward a scheme that was acceptable to local stakeholders, amenity groups and the City Council.
Julie-Marie Laming, Associate Director of CSJ Planning said: "This site has become an eyesore in the area. The present building is long past its useful life and since the relocation of NatWest over a year ago it has been empty, been vandalised and fallen into disrepair. Securing the go-ahead for this scheme will help regenerate this key site which forms an important gateway into the area."
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