London architectural practice gpad has completed the office refurbishment of One Cathedral Square in the heart of Bristol City Centre for Castleforge Partners. Overlooking the harbour-side, this stunning and modern building provides Grade A office accommodation in a prime city location.
The 53,696 ft² flexible office environment spans four floors and is a welcome addition to the significant regeneration in the surrounding area, which has taken place in the past decade. By incorporating full access raised floors, metal tile suspended ceilings and air conditioning, the team has created an adaptable, agile space for open plan or partitioning to maximise flexibility and cater for future demand.
The imposing exterior, originally constructed in 1987, leads through to a striking, naturally lit central atrium surrounded by large open floorplates. A living wall of lush, vibrant greens spanning from the ground level up creates an impressive focal point drawing the eye upwards into the expansive, contemporary atria. People on upper levels benefit from floor to ceiling glazing, allowing them to enjoy the inspired view across the foyer and down into the reception area.
Designed with healthy living in mind, occupiers have at their disposal 50 bike racks, shower facilities, and drying areas opening up the option of cycling to work. The layout encourages people to walk around the building using the spacious reception atria and internal terracing as break-out spaces.
Danny Shaffrir, Creative Designer at gpad, comments:
“Through creative design and clear understanding of the market, we’ve created a quality, modern office environment influenced by the dynamic space itself. While the atrium provides prospective tenants with an ideal environment to meet and greet their own customers, we saw the opportunity to enhance the space further by integrating a living wall.
“We are always keen to incorporate gardens or roof terraces into our projects and One Cathedral Square is no exception – it’s just sometimes we have to bring the outside in! The living wall is a statement piece, but it is also very calming and creates a beautiful, natural backdrop to grab a book to read over lunch and get some relief away from a computer screen.”