Union Gate, Bristol
The Union Gate project is located in an established retail pitch in the centre of Bristol, close to the office and retail heart of the city.
The works included the complete re-cladding of the elevations. The existing cream and blue-coloured metal cladding was replaced by a combination of red brick and light recon stone to reflect the traditional local building materials used nearby. Cedar cladding and glazing was also used to provide a contemporary feel and to reflect the modern retail usage behind.
The dark overhanging first floor was cut back to provide greater visibility for the ground floor shopfronts and to open up the existing covered pavement.
As well as increasing the height of the units to modern standards at first floor, the retail units were also extended into the existing service yard. This provided better sized and shaped units that again, suit the modern retailer.
The works were successfully completed in December 2014 and all new retail units were subsequently let.