Bank Place Bristol, UK
Sheppard Robson was invited to draw up plans for a major new commercial development in the centre of Bristol, adding a striking piece of architecture that would help create new pedestrian routes through the city. As well as adding large floorplates totalling 220ft² of high-quality workplace, the proposals also looked to stitch together commercial and civic uses of the site, with the development including a new footbridge, public square which sits adjacent to 150 residential units.
The designs are part of the city’s plans to re-orientate pedestrian routes towards the waterside. The projects helps create a new route from Temple Mead Station to Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, with the new public space a key urban “stepping stone” that links these two parts of the city. The aim was to create a distinctive building that was a flagship for the council’s ambitious plans. The exterior of the building is characterised by a triangular diagrid structure that instils a feeling of transparency throughout the development, with brise soleils carefully positioned for solar shading. The massing of the development has been considered to give the development a human scale, respecting neighbouring historic buildings: the building steps up at the back with the massing reducing towards the front of the project.
- AXA Investor Managers