College Lane, Bristol

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Client
Private
Local Authority
Bristol City Council
Status
Completed
Constraints
Listed Building, Conservation Area

A bijou apartment, formed from the derelict shell of a grade II listed mews-building in the heart of Bristol city-centre.

Located in the historic heart of Bristol, just behind College Green and with views of the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, the apartment provides a secluded retreat for city-centre living. A two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment has been formed over three levels of a narrow mews building.

The mews building, with elements dating back to the 17th century, was found in a very poor state of repair, with missing floors and windows and was being used by a commercial unit for storage. The mews had been subject to many changes over its life and still bore the scars of WW2 fire-damage, when the building next-door was destroyed by bombing.

The project involved major structural repairs and a complete refurbishment of the interior, working closely with the planners in terms of impact on the listed building. Surviving parts of the historic fabric, such as a stone bread-oven, slate floor, brick arches and timber roof-trusses were preserved, refurbished where appropriate and given new life as key elements within the new apartment.

Working closely with the client, the layout of the new apartment has been designed to carefully work around and within the existing fabric. It provides comfortable and contemporary accommodation, suitable for the current day and bringing new life to a previously neglected piece of Bristol’s history.

A bijou apartment, formed from the derelict shell of a grade II listed mews-building in the heart of Bristol city-centre.

Client
Private
Local Authority
Bristol City Council
Status
Completed
Constraints
Listed Building, Conservation Area

Located in the historic heart of Bristol, just behind College Green and with views of the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, the apartment provides a secluded retreat for city-centre living. A two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment has been formed over three levels of a narrow mews building.

The mews building, with elements dating back to the 17th century, was found in a very poor state of repair, with missing floors and windows and was being used by a commercial unit for storage. The mews had been subject to many changes over its life and still bore the scars of WW2 fire-damage, when the building next-door was destroyed by bombing.

The project involved major structural repairs and a complete refurbishment of the interior, working closely with the planners in terms of impact on the listed building. Surviving parts of the historic fabric, such as a stone bread-oven, slate floor, brick arches and timber roof-trusses were preserved, refurbished where appropriate and given new life as key elements within the new apartment.

Working closely with the client, the layout of the new apartment has been designed to carefully work around and within the existing fabric. It provides comfortable and contemporary accommodation, suitable for the current day and bringing new life to a previously neglected piece of Bristol’s history.

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