The needs of the commercial office and industrial market provide many interesting challenges and project solutions. The Bush Consultancy has collaborated with many developer and occupier clients to develop sites and buildings for commercial office space, industrial and storage/distribution use. From early site appraisal through to the integration of the most complex process engineering requirements our experience has included new build schemes as well as complex refurbishment and retained façade projects on tight city centre sites and vacant plots.
With the site being set within a rural area on the edge of the city, our involvement commenced with a role to define the Park’s overall masterplan, with a guiding principle to create viable development ‘cells’ that contribute towards an overall hierarchy of site planning. An end result of our masterplanning was to create an office village and industrial quarter series of buildings, comprising of circa 80,000 sq ft. Simple and flexible forms were key to the brief in order to maximise viability to potential occupiers and also respect the impact of this large site within the rural setting.
This BCO shortlisted scheme provides an example where significant works have been carried out to adapt an existing building compromised 1980’s building to a modern, market facing office space. A project specific strategy was devised that remove the need for a standard suspended lay in ceiling and perimeter radiators, with the resultant office areas providing generous ceiling heights and exposed services set out on a cellular planning grid, that offers flexibility for multiple occupancy and subdivision. The design concept aimed to marry the boutique and industrial chic styles with a balance of industrial materials, textured fabrics and feature lighting, creating a rejuvenated building that has a distinct identity and character. The building was fully let immediately following PC, and is an example of how to install comfort cooling in a building where headroom is restricted.
Key Brief and objectives that the design solution delivered:
Our design approach sought to significantly improve the visual appearance of this prominent city centre office building and to enhance its commercial appeal. The external alterations not only improve the aesthetic of the building but also importantly, strengthen the flexibility and commercial appeal of the office floor space by relocating the current stair, lift and WC core which previously severely compromised usage of the office floor areas. This allowed for light and open floor plates to be created off an appropriately located common core. Success of this project is marked by Mapfre signing a 15 year lease in less than a year following completion.
This new build development provides 95,000sqft Grade A Office building located on the Counterslip frontage of the Finzels Reach development. The building comprises of a basement level with ground plus five upper levels of accommodation, all capable of flexible sub-division, and including a landscaped rooftop terrace. Designed and certified to meet BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Gold standards, the proposals include extensive cyclist facilities as well as incorporation of high thermal and daylighting performance plus renewable technologies in the form of roof level PV installations. With its prominent street frontage and adjacency to the Grade 2 Listed Generator building, the façade is defined by an elegant layering of curtain walling and vertical fins, set within a perimeter ‘picture frame’, creating a striking architectural landmark.
Working in the dynamic and customer focused environment of retail and leisure necessitates a requirement for the implementation of brand and market aware design alongside a fast track programme delivery. These factors affect the customer experience and an understanding of how the design and construction process can best be used to ensure delivery of successful and timely outcomes. We have extensive experience in these sectors and our projects include hotels, bars and restaurants, golf clubs and courses, sports halls, swimming pools and gymnasia as well as retail stores and factory outlet centres for national and international companies in the UK and overseas.
Within ground and basement floors of this former retail arcade The Bush Consultancy completed the concept designs and provided design management services for this complex development in central Barcelona. Incorporating a new swimming pool and extensive gym and studio facilities required close cooperation with local architect and engineering design team members.
As a part the Wilkinsons property framework The Bush Consultancy have completed retail fit out schemes for 10+ new store fit-outs; all completed to tight timescales, we are responsible for contract administration and statutory approvals. As an extension of these services we continue to work in support of the roll out of the new Wilkinsons corporate brand across the existing 300+ stores currently completing 20+ stores a year.
As a part of an ongoing collaboration with IDG, this project sees the development of the original concept design to provide international standard facilities to the current marina which is on the western edge of the city. Working with a local Russian design team, The Bush Consultancy are preparing detailed design proposals and will continue through the latter stages as the overseeing executive architect. The principle aim of this development is to enhance the existing facilities to allow delivery of an international standard sailing centre and an exclusive boutique hotel that whilst operating independently, will harmoniously relate to each other on the site. Aesthetic expression of the buildings and facilities across the site are represented through angular/linear forms in the functional areas of the yacht club facilities, with more organic forms reflecting the emotive aura of the hotel.
Working on defence and secure building projects has seen the development of extensive experience of the needs of clients and end-users within the defence estate as well as private sector service providers supporting the MOD and the nuclear industry. Understanding the requirements on projects ranging from residential accommodation to complex process buildings is a vital part of our service delivery to this sector. Our staff have been through vetting procedures to gain pass clearance for access to secure facilities where these projects are located and have attended relevant site specific safety and security briefings in support of these pass clearances.
As a part of the Aspire Framework providing modernised living accommodation for MOD service personnel on Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot this officers mess constructed during 1942–43 required complete refurbishment to provide modern accommodation for the senior officers of the Royal Artillery. Requiring room by room detailing the finished building provides living and eating accommodation for 85 officers together with ancillary office and support facilities.
As a part of a site wide reorganisation to vacate the Southern Docks site, DML needed to co-locate all of their in-bound freight handling and goods reception functions within a single building. The Bush Consultancy completed all of the detail design and the integration of the DML fit-out for this 4,500 m2 logistics centre.
The defence sector continues to provide many challenging and technically complex commissions for The Bush Consultancy team working on secure sites throughout the UK and as far as Ascension Island. Often including the input of many specialists the ability to work collaboratively and within strict regulatory frameworks is vital to the successful outcome of these projects. With varied end uses from ancillary support buildings to bespoke test and storage facilities our broad experience allows us to meet the design requirements of a wide range of defence sector clients.
As the need to explore the potential of regeneration and re-use in our cities becomes ever more relevant and necessary, The Bush Consultancy is collaborating with clients to develop sites and buildings for residential use. Projects have included open market and affordable housing as well as student and military accommodation. From vacant plots with new build dwellings, to the refurbishment of period properties, The Bush Consultancy has a diverse range of project experience to draw upon, together with the knowledge and experience required in consultation with bodies such as English Heritage, housing associations, local authority planning officers and private clients.
Following the completion of a number of successful developments with Charles Church Homes, The Bush Consultancy were appointed to act as executive architect for the construction of a series of residential apartment buildings within the regeneration of the former docks at Portishead near Bristol. Three dockside buildings of 7 and 8 storey construction containing 146 apartments (one, two and three bed duplexes) have been completed. In a challenging market for residential sales early reservations of units within the scheme ensured that the phased construction proceeded ahead of initial projections.
This development is on the site of a former commercial garage plot, with extensive views over a woodland and a Victorian parkland setting. The site provides a variety of dwelling types, ranging from 1 bedroom apartments through to four bedroom family houses, with a modern interpretation of the local architectural style to the street and parkland elevations.
This development imaginatively combines new build construction and retained historic facades to create 38 new apartments arranged as a series of 1, 2 bed dwellings, including duplexes, over six levels. Each apartment benefits from either views over the adjoining floating harbour or the landscaped courtyard space that forms part of the development. Working with the Local Authority conservation team, the harbour aspect apartments have been designed to include a series of recessed balcony spaces so as to maximise views over the water and Castle Park beyond. Internally, attention has been paid to ensuring the level of specification reflects market requirements, with high quality design focus to the main entrance foyer space continuing through to the selection of fittings and finishes in the apartment living, bedroom, kitchens and bathrooms.
The extensive range of projects undertaken by The Bush Consultancy within the education sector demonstrates our commitment to working with governing bodies, headteachers and local authority management teams to deliver imaginative and well considered solutions. We work for primary and secondary schools, and further education colleges for both state and independent establishments. Our portfolio includes, new build, extension and master planned major refurbishment schemes. The process includes a detailed briefing process with end users and their estates team as well as broad based consultation with the wider constituent bodies of governors, teachers, parents and students.
From our initial site appraisal and concept proposals, planning and conservation area consent was granted, with the development completed Autumn 2011. The development replaces existing mobile classrooms on site and creates a heart for the community, as well providing much needed improvement to the accommodation for the school itself. With this approach in mind the school entrance and reception gathers itself around two retained oak trees creating a symbolic and literal focal point to the development. As a part of the works an early handover of pre-school facilities was delivered within a refurbished Victorian building adjoining the main site.
This project provides 80 bed dormitory accommodation for the lower school pupils, along with full time residential dwellings for the school house mistresses. The school site is defined by a mature woodland setting and the brief was to provide boarding houses that built on the domestic forms within the wider site. Following exploration of a number of aesthetic strategies, a simple arts and craft based vernacular was agreed. Through detailed pre-application consultation, planning consent was granted in December 2013, with The Bush Consultancy continuing to lead the team through the detailed design process to create the tender package, which incorporated proposals to meet the BREEAM Excellent planning consent requirements. In addition, The Bush Consultancy have progressed internal refurbishment projects for existing dormitory house and also submitted completion proposals for the new Founder Centre.
Spread over a number of phases this £14m development has provided new staff reception, library, building vocational teaching spaces, including workshop environments, along with full refurbishment of the original listed buildings. At the heart of the site is the original orphanage swimming pool building which now provides the main student refectory space. The development delivery was underpinned by comprehensive end user briefing and communication in order that spatial allocation was fully communicated and agreed. This liaison extended through to sign off of the room data sheets, which included full elevation details showing co-ordinated setting out of the services and fittings as well as the extent of repair items such as plasterwork for 300 rooms.
Working through a number of frameworks as well as ad-hoc appointments, The Bush Consultancy has provided services to local authority clients on schemes from the smallest internal refurbishment to large scale multi agency facilities. We use our extensive experience of public sector procurement to ensure that cost effective design solutions are produced that meet programme expectations of the end-users and offer clear and transparent record of the consultations undertaken and agreements reached. Familiarity with these work processes allows space for the development of innovative solutions for the smallest and largest of projects.
Salisbury Campus – As a part of The Bush Consultancy’s appointment on Wiltshire Council’s framework, this project provides refurbishment and expansion of the current Five Rivers Leisure Centre to provide extended and remodelled gym, changing facilities, climbing wall, all weather pitch and community facilities for youth, music and disability groups along with relocated Neighbourhood and Response teams for Wiltshire Police. As well as internal remodeling, the proposals include a significant new extension to the building, along with relocation of the entrance and foyer space which provides the opportunity to create a sheltered entrance courtyard space. The programme is arranged in multi phases so as to retain operational facilities for the leisure centre and works will commence on site in May 2014.
Following the completion of the M Shed base build, The Bush Consultancy were appointed by Bristol City Council to provide the design for the educational and revenue generating elements of the museum. We provided a flexible Event Suite with fully equipped kitchen that can cater for a variety of functions, from boardroom meetings to 130 cover wedding receptions, all of which benefit from views out over Bristol’s Harbourside. As part of the fit out works we also designed the Learning Studio - an important part of M Shed’s commitment to education. Flexibility was key and it has been arranged so that it can be used as two separate 30 pupil classrooms or as a larger seminar room.
On complex sites bordering a SSSI and with extensive underground service infrastructure comprising high pressure water main and strategic oil pipelines, as well as significant ground contamination, these two schemes required the completion of detail design coordination to provide garaging and salt storage facilities together with reed-bed storm water treatment for Wiltshire Council.