Stoford / Simplyhealth
Redland Hill , Bristol
ARUP, DBK Back Group, Complete Design, Pegasus Planning Group, Key Transport
Shortlisted BCO Awards 2015
60,000ft2 of office accommodation for Simplyhealth healthcare provider
Ferguson Mann Architects, working with the developer Stoford were commissioned by Simplyhealth to deliver a new regional office building on the site of a smaller, now redundant 1970’s office building. Two earlier attempts by other developers to achieve a new enlarged planning permission on the site had failed. Ferguson Mann offered a contextural solution supported by a high quality materials brief which brought success on this sensitive site lying on the edge of the Clifton Downs and within the Redland and Cotham Conservation Area.
Ferguson Mann Architect’s proposal reconceived the massing of the building as part of the wider streetscape, breaking down the massing into three smaller sections with a fine handmade brick, curved façade that followed the line of the road as it meets the corner of Redland Hill and Whiteladies Road. The development, sustainably retains two lower ground floor levels of garaging for 40 cars belonging to the original building.
Above this retained structure, the new building provides 4 new levels with 60,000ft2 of space including open plan office accommodation, a Disability Living Centre shop at street level and a penthouse floor for conferencing with open views across all horizons of the city including the Clifton Downs towards the west of the city.
The environmental strategy cuts C02 emissions and brings the building into a BREEAM Excellent rating, with 10% of the energy needs being delivered through renewable sources via an extensive roof top photovoltaic array.