18 September 2015
State of the art Bristol business centre welcomes first tenants
A landmark Bristol building is welcoming new tenants after undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.
Work began at the waterfront building on Bristol’s floating harbour, in May 2014 and was completed recently.
As part of the £7.3million overhaul, the floorplan of the building was extended to add 9,900sq ft of extra space while creating a new glass atrium. The front façade of the formerly empty commercial building was also given a facelift as part of the scheme of works.
Ollie Caunt, site manager for Midas Construction, said: “Refurbishment of old buildings is extremely challenging and the main façade had its own issues. The interface between the bespoke fins and curtain walling required a lot of consideration through the design and construction phase so collaborative working between trades was imperative.
“Good engagement between designers and supply chain was needed to fit it in place but it was worth it because the building looks fantastic.”
Ollie said that up to 80 workers were on site at any one time, including a number of apprentices who were given invaluable experience of the industry while working on Narrow Quay, which is owned by the Standard Life Heritage With Profits Fund.
He added: “This building was empty when we arrived and we have been able to transform it into a landmark Bristol business centre, helping companies to find new office space and grow and expand. We’ve also been able to support the training of a new generation of local tradespeople.”
Derek Quinn, Director of Midas Construction Wessex and Wales and Midas Interiors, said: “Narrow Quay is a stunning building, showcasing the exacting and high quality workmanship of our staff at Midas. We are pleased to have transformed this once empty building into a hub for the businesses of Bristol, offering the opportunity for companies like VWV to continue to grow and prosper.”
Gary Philpott, partner and head of VWV Real Estate commented on the new building: “We are delighted with our new offices and are looking forward to moving our Bristol colleagues to our new home. We have also really valued being involved with the redevelopment work, especially the stunning atrium. The building has been given a new lease of life and light now floods in. As we are nearing our own completion, we are excited to unveil the transformation and share with our colleagues and clients.”
First image: (L-R) Derek Quinn and Gary Philpott in the new Narrow Quay development